The Cellar: Syrah Wines
Saturday, June 02, 2012
This week’s first wine is a really cool Syrah, because it’s a rosé of Syrah made from 100% Washington State fruit. The 2011 Charles and Charles Rosé is the product of a collaboration between Food & Wine Magazine
This wine was the second favorite in one of my recent blind tastings, outperforming a Rose from Gigondas, France that is three times as expensive! There is a lot of kick in this wine and for around $10 I consider it one of the best American rosé values this season. An enticing array of bright red fruits on the nose gives away to delicious fresh strawberries and raspberries on the palate. It is dry and crisp with nice acidity. Seek this one out!
2007 G. Moulinier, 'Les Sigillaires', Saint-Chinian, France
Syrah is currently the 5th most widely planted varietal in the world. In the United States it is especially the Australian style that has become popular in recent years. While I acknowledge Shiraz’s positives, among them
The 2007 ‘Les Sigillaires’ is made from 70% Syrah with 15% each of Mouvedre and Grenache. They only make about 1,250 cases of this stuff, so if you see it on the shelf be sure to pick it up. This wine is made the traditional way. The grapes are all harvested and sorted by hand. After fermentation the wine spent 12 months in used French oak imparting body and giving the wine structure. The result is a delicious wine with earthy undertones and pepper with underlying flavors of dark fruits and berries.
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