I’m seeing a trend

*Disclaimer: I received this bottle as a sample from Sonoma Vineyards

Recently the wine I’m being sent as samples is falling squarely into the under $20 range in retail price.  I’m wondering if that’s a sign of the current economy and wine-buying habits or if it’s just a coincidence. Whatever the case may be, I think it’s great since wines in the under $20 range fall squarely into my “everyday” drinking wines category!

I picked the 2007 Sonoma Vineyards Syrah to try this evening.  It had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 13.8%, and has a suggested retail price of $15.  This Syrah is a first release Syrah for Sonoma Vineyards, with fruit sourced from the Alexander Valley.

I first noted the color on the wine…it was dark dark purple, almost inky, letting no light through at all.  On the nose I found cinnamon, plums, chocolate, a little anise, blackberry, slight meatiness, and some earth.  In the mouth, I found the wine to be very fruity, showing, raspberries, red fruit, blackberries, anise, plums, and chocolate.

Overall, I found it to be a bit tannic.  This is a really young red wine, so it might benefit from a little more time in the bottle, though by the second night, it had smoothed out nicely, and was drinking really well.  So perhaps just open it a few hours before you drink it.  A nice wine at a nice price.