In between all of this basketball, I nearly forgot to feature a wine for this month. Luckily, this time around it wasn’t a difficult choice, as this wine blew away everything I tried in this price range in March. I’m even featuring it at my next tasting Saturday night, along with some other impressive California Syrahs, Pinot Noirs and Zinfandels, where it will be a sure highlight.  Anyone mind if I venture back to Syrah before winter leaves us and we begin focusing on whites and fruitier reds? This wine was incredibly complex and deep for its youth; can you believe we’re drinking ready wines from the vintage 2007 already? Where has the time gone?


NEYERS SYRAH OLD LAKEVILLE ROAD SONOMA COAST 2007, 93 Points, $30, 989 cases made

Beautiful aromas of ripe, elegant blackberry fruit and hints of vanilla bean and leather. Deep, velvety body of blackberry, huckleberry and licorice, ripe and substantial fruit here. Undertones of leather lead into an explosion of black pepper spice and exotic nutmeg/allspice notes that carry through the long, long finish with understated oak tones in the background. Lots of delicious fruit and impressive spice character keep pumping and linger long.

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