Alexander Valley Vineyards Syrah 2017
One wonders if Syrah might have been the first domesticated grape. Its origins in the Fertile Crescent suggests this as a possibility. Joining wheat, barley, lentils and many other food staples arising from this area Syrah shares a heritage that could be said to have fostered civilization. So approach it with reverence. Particular to the Rhone Valley in France it can be said that wines that are entirely or predominately Syrah are often full-bodied and quite flavourful with spices, black fruits and a distinctive black pepper nuance. Aromas are any or all of violets, black berries, chocolate, espresso and black pepper.
88 Points - A bit lighter overall and far less governed by overt ripeness than some, this relatively explicit Syrah nonetheless hits all of the right varietal marks and sports nicely defined fruit throughout its length. It is balanced to firmness without seeming unduly tart or acidy, and, if it is reined in by a fair bit of tightening
tannins on the finish, it never threatens to lose its hold on fruit and is sure to reward four to six years of aging. GOOD VALUE
-Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, November, 2013
Winged beasties with dark meat like duck, goose, squab, and griffins. Hooved game. Roasted meats.