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!