Que Syrah, Syrah

With our bbq pulled pork, purple mashed potatoes and broccoli, I decided that a big Syrah would be an excellent match to the spicy bbq sauce. I usually prefer a Zinfandel with my bbq, but I don’t have any left in my collection that I haven’t reviewed yet so Syrah it was.

The bottle was a 2003 Alderbrook Syrah that came in a club shipment. Again, I have no idea how much it cost. It was 14.5% alcohol by volume and had a real cork closure. The bottle was really heavy and had the largest punt that I’ve ever seen.

On the nose I found blackberries, bramble fruit and a hint of leather. In the mouth there were dark fruits, it was earthy and the blackberries really stood out. The color in the glass was a deep, dark red that barely let any light through.

I would definitely suggest decanting this bottle if you are going to drink it now. The flavors were wound quite tight to begin with and I think my evaluation of it with dinner suffered. About an hour after dinner though, this was a smooth wine with a long finish. If I had let it sit before dinner I think the flavors would have complimented the bbq well, but as it was, the flavors were just not showing well when we drank it with dinner. I would also suggest hanging onto this one for another 2+ years, I think it will be great in a couple years.

4 Responses

  1. Your BBQ sounds yummy, as I love BBQ. Actually anything on the grill, makes my taste buds dance. But when it comes to wine with BBQ, I usually do a zin also, but will try a Syrah soon!

  2. BBQ is one of Matt’s favorites. I’m waiting until we are in our house ot do ribs again though since the smoke dectector in our apartment goes off when I boil water, I can’t imagine how it would react to me prepping ribs in the oven! Let’s just say Thanksgiving was a test of my patience!

  3. Wow, I’ve never even heard of purple potatoes. I just looked it up and apparently the color comes from an abundance of the same antioxidants that are in blueberries — Neat!

    -Marshall from WineQ

  4. Apparently it’s not that common of a thing. Go figure, I buy them in my grocery store, but have gotten many emails over the months inquiring about what exactly they are. I think they are great and add fun color to the plate!

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