On the Verge

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Verge Wine Cellars.

Of what? Of fantabulous wines. Oh yes, fantabulous. I first tried a wine from Verge at the Twitter Taste Live at Estate in Sonoma. Though, given that I love the wines of Michel Schlumberger and Jay works there, it was not a giant leap that I’d enjoy these wines too.  Plus, Syrah? One of my favorites.  Not to mention, for December, owners Jay and Mike are donating 10% of all profits to Feeding America. You get a great bottle of wine and a worthy cause gets some much needed funding. How can you go wrong? The 2007 Verge Dry Creek Valley Syrah clocked in at 14.8% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and retails for $40.

On the nose, pepper, plum, spice, violets, green olives, black cherry, and meaty notes jumped out at me. The aroma had a pie-like quality to it that I loved. In the mouth I found black cherry, spice, tart raspberry, plum, anise, pepper, and other dark fruit.  Overall the fruit showed as tart and the wine had a great long finish.  I’d suggest a bottle with your holiday meal…especially if you are serving a beef or pork based dish.

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