Last Friday 7/26 I found two Syrahs from the same CA producer at the Silverdale, WA GO…both selling for $8.99. When I first reported this on our “What’s New” tab, I mentioned that I found it somewhat odd that the alcohol levels were the same (14.8%) and the back labels were identical i.e. “created from fruit grown above 1000 ft. elevation” and “hand-selected from just 13 acres”. Interesting…two identical vineyards…one in Napa and the other in the Alexander Valley (Sonoma). I’m thinking that the back labels were screwed up and that’s how these wines found their way to GO. Anyway…I opened them both and here’s what my wife and I found:
2006 Palmeri Alexander Valley Van Ness Vineyard Syrah (Bat Label): Pours inky dark purple and slightly opaque; perfumed nose of cassis, earth and black fruit (plum and blackberry). In the mouth it’s medium weight and tannin; firm and nicely structured, showing more tannin in the finish. Has the right acidity and shows flavors of blackberry, some dark cherry, light oak/cedar and a certain earthiness/terroir. The more austere of the two Syrahs. Not sure where Steve Heimhoff (Wine Enthusiast) got sweet and syrupy from this wine. I sure didn’t find that. But I believe he reviewed it a couple of years ago. Could that have been the difference or is it just the difference in our palates? or both?
2006 Palmeri Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah (Boar Label): Similar to it’s sister wine, but a bit more ruby colored and perhaps less inky and more clear. Nose seems to show a bit more forward dark fruit. This is a bigger Syrah, with the tannins coming on right up front—chewy from beginning to end. A real mouthful with very nice blackberry fruit, espresso, and a little mintiness, as well as more noticeable oak in the fairly long finish. I prefer this one of the two, but they’re both quite tasty.
Both get a thumbs up from me.