Rocinante Syrah Dry Creek Valley Palindrome Vineyard 2005
Wine Tasting Notes Our Syrah is a chameleon that takes you on a wild ride as it opens up over the course of a long meal. It shares the classic characteristics of Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley with distinctive flavors more commonly found in the Northern Rhone's Cote Rotie. It's a stylish wine that starts with a delicious, rich combination of ripe black cherry and wild berries wrapped in firm tannins. Offering excellent structure with a long, persistent finish, the wine continues to evolve in the glass throughout the course of a meal and build upon layer after layer of flavor themes. As the wine opens up, it reveals the classic Syrah notes of beef carpaccio, pepper, and exotic spices. The well integrated oak lends a dash of sweetness, hazlenut, and vanilla bean to the complex mix. Just when you think the flavor parade is done, the wine surprises you with blackberry and mocha medley. The lively character of the wine will make it fun to taste over the next few years to see how it evolves. Although ready to drink now, the numerous components of this wine will continue to come together and improve over the next two to three years, and it should continue to age gracefully for more than 10 years beyond that.
On the nose, fresh blackberries and just the slightest hint of smoke. On the palate, blackberries, blueberries, plum peels, subtle smokiness and white pepper. Lingering smokey, peppery finish. Very enjoyable wine. Mostly New World style with a slight leaning to Northern Rhone meatiness