Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Syrah Bonterra Bonanza From Mendocino County

Bonterra Vineyards Mendocino County 2007 Syrah (organic), $13.79- $18.99 (I paid $14.99), 89 points, is another amazing wine from Bonterra . For those who have wanted to try an American Syrah, but have shied-away from buying, because the $25-$55 range common to this varietal is prohibitive, then this one might be for you.

I waited until a $2 coupon was put on this bottle, then I grabbed it. I bought this wine at "Todd's" Hannaford super-market in Londonderry, NH. Got questions about his available wines, just ask for Todd (603-421-0921).

Beautiful deep, dark, and dense royal purple color is clear and still young. The aroma is a very nice spicy clove with a floral hint; this spicy aroma is carried over onto the palate, and with good acidity (0.61 gms) is key to the sound structure of this very fruit-forward wine, and gives this Bonterra Syrah its good balance. The texture is smooth and rich in a medium body of plum and blackberry. Blended with Grenache, Mouvedre and Viognier wines give this Syrah depth and layers of flavor.

The 13.9% alcohol is unnoticeable. The good flavor of this wine makes for a fine stand-alone refreshment. Will pair with spicy meats, and traditional Italian cuisine, as well as that summertime barbecue.This wine has a very good QPR.

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