Monday, January 30, 2012

Rosenblum Cellars Solano County England-Shaw Vineyard 2005 Syrah

Rosenblum Cellars Solano County England-Shaw Vineyard 2005 Syrah, $26-$34, 90 points, is a deep garnet color, transparent at the rim, the aroma is a stout plum with hints of cedar and black olive.
A medium body conveys a pronounced sweet florality (Not usually to my liking), red licorice, plum, and juicy red cherry.
The finish has a serious flash cayenne-white pepper heat, which is what makes the sweet florality work.
This is another different kind of Syrah that broadens this varietal's boundaries. This is a wine that recalls roses and summer lightning storms; it is also a Shiraz by another name, and Australia is now in the middle of summer. So, whether Syrah or Shiraz, open a bottle and imagine summer zephyrs in the afternoon sun. 
Sorry, I can't remember where I bought this or how much I paid for it, but the above pricing info is from wine sellers on the internet.
Also, for what it's worth, and just to help you who might be interested in buying this wine to be informed, the WS scored this wine 86 points.


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  1. This wine sounds good... How was the quality vis a vis the price? But the main reason I commented, was to say how cool the picture is!

  2. Hi John, thanks for your thoughtfulness. If I paid the lower price (Couldn't find my receipt on this one), I'd say a good buy, and at the higher price this wine is still worth the experience, and I've tasted less worthy wines for more money than that.
    The idea is to help NH wine lovers to try something out of the ordinary (Get out of the "Merlot" rut), I'm glad I did.