March 26, 2010
Washington Syrah Tasting
Was fortunate to be invited by the good folks at Tastelive and Hospice du Rhone to participate in an online tasting of some fine Syrahs from Washington. It was a strong lineup, all of the wines I'd like to own and drink again. Also, several of the wines were deserving of some time in the cellar.
We kicked things off with the 2007 Gramercy Cellars Syrah Lagniappe--($40)...13.9% alcohol...I really liked this wine. My favorite of the tasting. It showed the old-world charm I adore. Herbal and earthy, with black olive notes, pepper, and a very soft weight to the palate. Alcohol on the low side, too. Very nice effort.
The 2007 Delille Cellars Syrah Doyenne ($40) was somewhat heavier and riper than the Gramercy. That being said, it remained rather clean and precise on the palate. There was a lot of dark fruit and some of the nearly 15% alcohol was showing. It's a big Syrah. Not exactly my style, but it has some charm. Needs some time in the cellar.
The 2007 K Vintners Syrah Phil Lane ($65) was a real powerhouse Syrah. Dripping with dark, ripe fruit, it was a mouth coating, lush wine. Thick and viscous, it coats the palate with dark fruit and structure. Another wine that needs time and/or a big piece of meat. Recorked and put back in the fridge, I'm going to see what this is like after 48 hours.
The 2006 Columbia Valley Syrah ($30) was the least interesting wine of the night, but that's perhaps because of the decent showing of the other wines. It was a fine everyday Syrah that seemed correct in everyway. Perhaps that's a compliment itself. Represents decent value.
All-in-all, it was a fine night of Syrah from Washington. While I'm not regularly a buyer of WA Syrah, I'd be happy to own and drink all of these wines again. Thanks to the folks at Tastelive and Hospice du Rhone for another good time.