Happy Monday to you all, and happy Independence Day eve! I was fortunate to have the day off today thus creating a 4-day holiday weekend. So tonight I am celebrating with some 4th of July classics, among them a nice wine from the Walla Walla Valley of Washington, the 2014 Reininger Walla Walla Syrah. This wine came in a recent wine club shipment and is 100% Syrah from the Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards, so let's see how this one tastes!
The wine is an inky black color at the center with bright ruby along the edges, somewhat more reminiscent of a Cabernet than a Syrah. The nose is a lovely combination of leather, blueberry and violet notes that practically grab you by the collar and force you to take a sip. The taste is lush with ripe fruit, blueberries, blackberries and plum that transition smoothly to some wonderful mineral notes midpalate, ending with some nice white pepper spice. The fine grain tannins are perfect to support the long, smooth and voluptuous dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, as it's one of the nicest Syrahs I've had in quite a while. This wine would be great with a variety of spicy Mediterranean or North African cuisine, but tonight I've pulled out the stars & strips and am enjoying this wine with some Kansas City rubbed barbecued baby back ribs, grilled corn on the cob and potato salad, a perfect Independence Day feast! Cheers!