2007 DuMOL Syrah Eddie’s Patch (Russian River Valley)

The nose is slightly closed still but shows blackberry, black pepper and damp earth. In the mouth it’s a nice balance of fruit and acidity meaning it’s not over the top with fruit. Blackberry, coconut and sassafras flavors lead the way with a peppery finish thats lingering. “Eddies Patch” is part of the Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard located in the cool northern end of the Russian River Valley. A great example of new world Syrah from California. Another outstanding effort from this very consistent producer.

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Euphoria Grand Wine Tasting

We attended the Euphoria Grand Wine Tasting event in downtown Greenville today. We were impressed with some very fine wines and a few that were great values. Some of the outstanding wines we sampled were the 2006 Buehler Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Chono Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 1987 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2004 Elivette,  and the Eagle Eye Voluptuous. Some of the surprise values were the 2006 TEIRA Sonoma County Zinfandel, 2006 Magellan Ponant, the 2006 Cucao Cabernet Syrah, and the Saxon Brown Flora Ranch Syrah.

The best of the best went to the 2005 Burly Napa Cabernet Sauvignon which edged out the 2004 Xtant Napa Valley Red Wine. More about all of these wines soon.

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2007 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma

Abundant aromas of wild berry and spice. In the mouth the wild berry continues and adds tart cherry, a nutty flavor and a hit of spice and tannin that firm up on the finish. Really stands up to hot and spicy food. Needs a little more time in the bottle.  A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Syrah, 6% Grenache and 3% Carignane. The grapes are sourced from nine different vineyards throughout Sonoma County. The Three Valleys in the name refer to the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley. The wine is aged in 100% American oak barrels for nine months.

2006 Sinanne Abondante

SineannThe nose has hints of blackberry and coffee. The fruit flavors are forward but refined and consist of cherry, blackberry and plumb. Just a touch of spice at the end of the medium length finish.  More “old world” in character than not. The wine is a mash up of wines made from grapes grown by Lonnie Wright in the Columbia Valley near The Dalles, Oregon. This red blend has an interesting mix of Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent for the price ($23).

2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley

orin_swift_theprisonerAromas of white pepper and black fruit fill the glass.  Flavors of wild blackberry, currant, licorice, and blueberry lead the way in this fruit forward wine. Plenty of spice and lingering tannins on the finish. Well structured and, despite the fact that it clocks in at 15.2% alcohol, it’s easy to drink. The Prisoner is 50% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, 1% Grenache all sourced from the Napa Valley.

2006 Château de Nages (Rhône)

DeNagesDense ruby/purple color on this blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. The nose is rather closed but gives hints of red fruits, wet rocks and white pepper. Across the palate there is a good mix of fruit and minerality with notes of raspberry, black cherry the previously mentioned pepperand anise. It’s light but not “lightweight”. Perfect for summer supper. The fruit comes from old vines Grenache and Syrah from the appellation Costieres de Nimes which is located in the southern Rhone.

2006 DuMol Syrah RRV

Last bottle of this vintage 😦 This wine is a very dark hue of purple. Sweet black fruit and caramel aromas fill the glass. Plenty of black currant, blackberry and vanilla balanced nicely with a mineral edge and spicebox across the palate. The tannins are well integrated and linger well past the long finish. A lot going on but all in it’s place. The grapes for this vintage were sourced from throughout the Russian River Valley which explains it’s even composition. Another excellent wine from a very consistent producer of premium California style Syrah.

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2005 St. Francis Red (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Not much nose to speak of after a short time in the decanter. This wine showed aromas of red fruit and pepper. The flavors were a mix of jammy cherry and raspberry with the pepper carrying on through the finish.  Simple but easy to drink and not bad for the money. A interestingblend of 58% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Zinfandel.

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2005 Delectus Syrah Mt. George (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Very dark purple color that fades a bit at the rim. The nose has a nice balance of blackberry, currant and wet stones. This wine is jam packed with black fruit flavors but it not overly ripe. The tannins are still a little gritty and mouth coating on the long finish but will lay down some with more bottle time. Thes05_Delectus_MtGeorge_Syrahe Syrah  grapes come a small vineyard in and around  Mt. George near downtown Napa. Plenty to chew on but rich at the same time. Worth the effort to find it if you are not on the mailing list as there were only 325 cases produced.

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2005 Ramey Claret (USA, California, Napa Valley)

RameyAromas of sweet black fruit creme de caramel and cedar. This Claret (or as we say in the States Meritage) shows notes of Cherry, currant, blackberry and vanilla. This wine is smooth, balanced and easy to drink even when you consider it’s high alcohol content (14.5%). The tannins are fine grainedand linger at the end of the finish. David Ramey likes to blend his wines early in the process which more like they blend red wine in Bordeaux. Most in the US blend right before bottling. 54% Carbernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, 1% each Malbec and Petit Verdot. According to the Ramey website  “More than a third of it (the Cabernet Sauvignon) derives from the Jericho Canyon Vineyard, along with wines from the Somerston, Larkmead, and Snowden Vineyards, and 7% Merlot from the Hyde Vineyard”. A good introduction to the Ramey brand and good for the money ($30).