Chatom Calaveras County 2005 Syrah, approximately $23.00, 89 points, is dense, opaque to rim purple. The aroma has a gentle candy-cane note on plum and grape. A medium plus body carries the aroma toward a full palate flavor with hints of licorice and espresso.
The finish is long on pepper, and though the 15.2% alcohol is noticeable, it is fairly well balanced as is the wine overall.
I have a bottle of Chatom Merlot and a bottle of their Red wine, which I'm looking forward to tasting as well. The winery web-site says: "The vineyard is nestled in the breathtaking Esmeralda Valley of Calaveras County, in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California." Chatom vineyards
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