I've been thinking for a while that I need to drink
my way through some Syrah
s...I had one about six years ago
, and at the time I recoiled
from it--probably it was too dense
for my taste at the time. More recently, I've been drinking a good number of Rhone
wines, almost all of which incorporate Syrah
to some degree. This one was cheap, the 1998 version was rated a "Best Buy
" by the Wine Spectator
, and the 1999 Pepperwood Grove Zinfandel
I had a while back was fine, so I put down the $8.
It was OK. It was an interesting, dense red, nearly purple and almost opaque. The aromas were spicy, centering around black pepper but incorporating a little plum. The taste is a little hard to describe--the wine was full bodied and kind of reminded me of caramel. The finish was short, as any real tannins were little in evidence. I drank this alongside some lentil soup with sausage meatballs, to which a bit of this wine was added...it helped the meal and the wine go together, but the experience was still kind of one dimensional.
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