Santa Maria Valley, CA; 14.8% ABV
$6 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 22 Nov
I was excited to see this because the 2006 IO Upper Bench Syrah had been outstanding, even though there had not been much of it. There was a lot more of this wine (at least at the Berkeley store) and, although it was not up to the level of the previous vintage, it’s still very good wine for the price.
On the first night, I didn’t think all that much of this wine. While it was quite full-bodied, I thought it was still sort of reserved: okay, but a little acid and rough. On the second night, with a little more air, it became ripe, rich, and thickly jammy, with dark flavors of blackberry, cherry, black raspberry, spice, and blackened oak. It’s not all that complex, but the intensely full-bodied richness is good compensation. Thumbs Up!