Sometimes I should just stay away from the Wine Cabinet and stick with beer.
Tonight I was in a red wine mood. It had NOTHING to do with the meal we were having (Lemon Pepper Chicken with a pasta salad), it was just one of those things.
So, without thinking, I just grab a bottle out of the cabinet, check that it is a red and uncork.
Little did I realize it was one of the Charity Night Wines, and probably the nicest bottle out of the set. Oh well….it better be good
Melville Winery- 2002 Estate Syrah – Santa Rita Hills
Release Date 03.26.04
2,484 cases produced, $20/bottle (currently $35-$45 a bottle)
- Color-Dark Inky Purple, honestly the words that came to my mind when I poured this were “Liquid Midnight”
- Nose- Pepper & Earthy with hints of leather and smoke (but not peat)
- Taste- Really liked the acidity. Not very sweet, yet had a full “grapeyness” with underlying tones of blackberries.
- Feel- Again, the heavy acidity and dryness (tannins) lead to a prolonged finish at the back of the palette.
Overall, I really liked this wine and will now have to find some online to replace it. I could see it pairing very nicely to a nice filet and some bacon wrapped asparagus. Definitely a “Food Wine”, it still held it’s own as a “sit down drinker”. If I were stocking a new cabinet, and had access to it, this would be a good base wine to put back. 4 out of 5 Stars for me. I really should learn to look at the labels before I uncork….but hey, it was good to drink while watching the Irish beat DePaul.