My first Syrah, and boy was it meaty

Monday, May 14, 2007

Brand NameArrowood
Wine NameArrowood Syrah Sara Lee
Vintage (Year)
AVARussian River Valley
CountryUnited States
VineyardSara Lee Vineyard
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeSyrah/Shiraz
Wine GroupsHeaven in a Bottle
Alcohol %15%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$30 - $50
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

This was my first time having a syrah, as I was not willing to just go with the flow of everyone in their Yellowtail Shiraz phase. I am not saying that Yellowtail is not a good quaff, but I tend to not go with the flow and be a follower.

Anyway, the wine rep who introduced it to me first started talking about meats, which made me a little hungry, but when I took my first sip, the first thing that came to my mind was roast beast (yes, it didn't matter what beast, but roast beast dammit). I started thinking about all of the game meats that I have had over the years, especially bison and bear (I have yet to try wild boar, but I am ready for it).

For those trying to find a unique taste, and who do like their game meats, as well as beef, I would highly recommend this.

Here is what they say about it on their website:We consider our Saralee's Vineyard Syrah the 'Grande Dame' of our Syrah portfolio. Not only is it the first Syrah Arrowood produced, but it also comes from one of Sonoma County's 'Grande Dame' vineyards. Saralee's Vineyard, located in the cool-climate Russian River Valley, has a reputation for producing some of Californias finest fruit and with the 2002 Saralee's Vineyard Syrah it's easy to see why. In fact, Robert Parker calls this one of the greatest Syrahs that Arrowood has ever produced.

Here's what Mr. Parker had to say about the 2002 Saralee's Vineyard Syrah - 'Inky/purple-colored, with a glorious perfume of lilacs intermixed with blackberries, melted asphalt, and notions of bacon, smoke, and toast, this rich opulent, voluptuously-textured Syrah exhibits great ripeness, purity and richness as well as a layered, multidimensional finish. It should last and evolve for a decade.'


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