Kettle Valley 2004 Syrah (BC - $38)
I got all excited about Wine Blogging Wednesday, so excited, in fact, that I ran out last night and spent unprecedented bucks on this lovely bottle from the Kettle Valley Winery. BC doesn't make very many syrahs, and right now the stores are picked over as the new releases are coming in April. I was hoping to get my favourite Mt. Boucherie Syrah, but it is nowhere to be found. In fact, there were only three BC syrahs available in the specialty wine store I went to: a Hainle organic syrah, a Jackson Triggs, and the Kettle Valley. All were quite expensive, so I bit the bullet and bought the most ridiculously priced one.
The blend is 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. I can't find any official tasting notes. Heck, the wine's not even listed on the winery website.
Our assessment? Very very nice, complicated, tasty and interesting.
It had a beautiful smell: cherries with a bit of tobacco. Later the scent became more fruity and less smokey. On the tongue it had a bite of acid and a lot of green apple, then plummy, pruney, smokey and a bit peaty with a finish that lasted forever. Not a big round mouthful, but complex and a bit elusive.
The syrah would have been perfect with a strong flavoured, rich meal. We didn't eat with it -- or rather, we had my homemade carrot cake but quickly realized that was a mistake and set the cake aside. For me, it was a bit too acidic for a sipping wine. Probably this bottle would have shown off best with a good meal, but then what wine wouldn't?
A little googling has shown that some people are extremely devoted to this wine. Our feelings about are that (for us) it's not best syrah ever but definitely worthy of being photographed with cleavage.
Thanks to Winecast for hosting this event.