Silverdale, WA 14.5% alc. (Purchased on 12/9/13)
40% Grenache 40% Syrah 20% Petite Sirah Sorry about the photo; dark label and a dark day in the NW. Mostly clear deep ,dark purple/ruby color. Nose is a bit closed at first, but slowly opens up to candied cherry and raspberry aromas with unusual green olive undertones. There’s a little metallic quality too, though it’s not really off-putting. In the mouth, the sweet fruit jumps out of the glass and eventually shows blackberry, dark cherry, black coffee and tar. The acidity is on the mark and there’s plenty of chewy, mouth-filling tannin from mid-palate through the finish. I get a touch of black tea in the finish as well. Whatever oak is here is just where I like it…in the background.
I particularly enjoy how well the three varieties are integrated: upfront raspberryish fruit from the Grenache, richness and dark fruit flavors from the Syrah and tannin and body from the Petite Sirah. This is a pretty uncomplicated, but very tasty red though I think it’s priced a little higher than I’d prefer or expect. Five bucks would be a great value. Definite thumbs up!
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