Saturday, January 2, 2010
Rosenblum Cellars 2004 Syrah (California)
Lots of booze and lots of flavours, that's something this Rosenblum Syrah had in spades. We're only two days into the new year and the wine is flowing pretty freely around my place ... what else is there really to do on a snowy holiday weekend. Yesterday it was that Dam Dry Riesling from Australia, while today it was a Dolomite Riesling from Cave Spring Cellars in Ontario and this Syrah from California. You can read about the others by clicking on their links, as for this one, I was quite happy sipping on this one over dinner. Lots of blackberries and black raspberries filled both the nose and palate; the palate also had quite a bit of black pepper and spice with a touch of tannin grit. Left unfiltered this wine had lots of sediment floating about, which I am thinking helped it to age very well, even under a plastic cork (thankfully it had none of that plasticy taste you find in some wines aged under plastic). With time in the glass the nose opened to show more anise and cinnamon along with a beautiful scent of black fruit and spice; pepper continued to be one of the prominent flavours in the mouth and through the mid-palate. I could have sipped on this one all night and if it wasn't for the 15.3% alcohol and the four people I shared it with it could have been a very tough morning.