Kicking it Syrah Style

My taste buds are having an argument with my mind recently. It’s hot out (well, ok, not this week, but when I drank this it was). In my mind, I want crisp white wines. However, my taste buds have been crying out for Syrah…I can’t get enough of it.  I suppose that’s actually a good thing given the prevalence of red wines in my cellar versus white wines….really need to do something about that.

I picked up tonight’s wine at The Winery in downtown Alexandria. I asked Jane, the owner, if she had anything new in that I’d like and she immediately pulled out this bottle, so I took a chance on it.  The 2006 Laurent Miguel Nord Sud Syrah from the Languedoc in France cost me $12.99, had a plastic cork closure, and clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume.

Pepper pepper pepper! Wow did the nose of this one have a lot of pepper! Under the pepper I found violets, spice, black cherry, fresh plum, vanilla bean, cream, and blackberry.  YUM!  In the mouth I got black pepper, smooth black cherries, black plums, blackberries, strawberry, spice, a meaty quality, and a tiny hint of chocolate.  I loved the tart fresh fruit flavors and the mouth coating feel of this wine.  At this price, a bargain and a half, scoop it up and enjoy!

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5 Responses

  1. I really enjoy a peppery wine! This one sounds delicious and a great deal. I’ll have to see if I can find it locally!

    Cheers!

  2. Lovely description, makes me want to go do a SYRAH tasting right now! We had some Calaveras Syrahs (including our own) after the judging and found those descriptors of what you speak! alas some of all of them. when will you be out our way?

  3. Thanks Randy! This one was tasty, I’ve got another to post shortly that tasted like licking a spoon of crushed pepper…not my favorite, lol.

    Hey Tanner Vineyards, welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back up your way in late July. Definitely need to swing by and get more of your Petite Sirah!

  4. Whenever I am looking for a robust red wine (which is often) Syrah is almost always my default. Several reasons – it almost never disappoints, and it is pretty easy to get a good to very good one without spending a lot of money. Thanks for the tip on this one. I will have to see if I can find it here in the Boston area…

  5. Good luck finding it Wine Road! It was a really tasty value!

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