Sonoma Coast, CA; 13.9% ABV
$6 at the Oakland, CA, store on 1 July
My bottle was pretty good from the first pour, but got darker and slightly richer over time. The most unusual thing about it is the strong, juicy acid of medium-ripe pomegranate and raspberries, with a touch of cranberry. The flavors also include the usual Syrah cherry, plum, blackberry, and blueberry. The extra acid made it a good match with lamb and pasta. However, especially right after it was opened, there was a touch of vinegar in the finish, so do not wait long to drink it after you bring it home. However, the rest of it seemed ok the next day, if not as complex.
About this wine, GOWineLover commented:
The ’06 Syrah as sold at GO is a solid effort, if possibly in a bit of decline. I only say this because it’s evident there is nice, ripe, juicy fruit with good (but not great) overall body and the balance of the wine overall is a bit off, a bit thinner than I would have liked (especially in comparison, to say, the fantastic-QPR Cliff Creek from last year) and just lacks a bit of roundness and punch. It’s an effort I still recommend and is two thumbs up for a pickup of a bottle or two to see what you think. It is well made.