Russian River Valley, CA; 14.8% ABV
$7 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 24 Feb
This is the second review of the Russian Hill wines I picked up. I like this much better than the 2006 “Tara Vineyard” Pinot Noir, which I also liked. This is terrific Syrah for California, and it’s not even the Syrah that Seedboy recommended most. (He said the 2006 “Top Block” was better, and liked the 2001 “Windsor Oaks” the best. Did I get that right, SB?)
The wine is a little closed at first, but after about 10 minutes in the glass, or about an hour in a decanter, it shows a dense, gamey, dark-fruited nose. The rich, supply textured palate shows flavors of dark red and black fruit: plum, raspberry, black pepper, a little blackberry, and heavier, funky earth / supporting oak. While the fruit is definitely New World, the dark earthy funkiness could be French. I’m pretty sure none of my bottle will survive to see the next day.