Five Cypress Vineyard, Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, CA, 14.0% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA store
This wine has been around, off and on, since the sale last November, and I thought I’d finally try it. It was referenced briefly at the time here. As described on their web site, the grapes for this wine were dry-farmed in Yolo County, northeast and over the hills from Napa County. (As you can see farther down that page, they also sound pretty serious about their Pinot Noir. Anyone, please let me know if you’ve tried it.)
I find the wine itself quite impressive, if a little young still. There’s not so much on the nose yet, but on the palate there’s lovely violets, lavender, purple plum, perhaps mulberry and licorice, with plenty of acid from the purple plum and sour red cherry. The tannin on the finish is not mouth-clamping but quite substantial. I would easily give this wine a few more years of age before it’s at its peak, when it should be quite lovely. In the meantime, perhaps this is another Syrah to decant a day ahead. This is New World fruit, but not “Parker-type.” (I served this at a dinner gathering, so I did not get to save any to try at a later date. It went well with the pork chops with herbs, but not as well with the lamb chops.) The effort of farming Syrah in an unfashionable location reminded me of Steve Edmunds, and, in its tough-but-floral character, the wine does, too.