Que Shirah Syrah

Dark ruby with a minuscule edge. Big leathery nose, toasted and dark, GOBS of vegetal, bread dough and gritty mineral, carrying with it plentiful sharp cherry pie stuffing and a dose of heat.

Rather flabby in the mouth, unctuous and thick, fruit feeling almost on the verge of oxidation. Massive and tannic, burning with black pepper and acid, cola and amarone mid-palate prep you for all that heat. Burnt-tire and woody in the finish, the sweet fruit manages to cling on for the duration.

Not my personal favorite wine from this producer, but I tend to like my syrah greener and edgier. Like yesterday’s Grenache, this fits in nicely with the biggest, ripest Rhone offerings Paso Robles and Santa Barbara has to offer. And these wines are ridiculously popular. This one comes from the far South end of the Santa Maria Valley, where the sun from Los Alamos warms the Syrah to massive concentrated levels. Rich and round and mouth-filling, check it out and let me know.

2016 SHIRAH Syrah Murmur Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Santa Barbara County 14.7

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