I find it astounding (interesting, curious, perplexing…you pick the verb) that when two big bold standalone wines such Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are blended together, the result is something deliciously in-between. It’s kinda like the blend is grabbing what it wants from each variety to become something special. And that is exactly what Tom has done here at Heritage Oak Winery with his recently released 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah — he’s created something especially yummy.
So, let’s look at the components of this 2014 Cab/Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon — everyone knows about Cab, with those full, robust, dark fruit flavors of black cherries, blackberries and black currents with the acid and a tannin structure to match those big fruit flavors that linger on back of the palette. Syrah, on the other hand may not be quite as familiar. It, too, hedges toward the darker fruit flavors of boysenberries, blackberries and blueberries, but is a bit more of a fleshly, juicy fruit, a little softer in tannins and acidity bringing the taste sensation more towards the front and middle of the tongue. Each variety produces a delicious powerhouse of a wine all on its own.
Since each on its own is great by itself, the question becomes why blend them together at all. I mean, with each wine being such a big bold powerhouse on its own, wouldn’t the blend become awkward, each component fighting with the other for dominance. Well, that doesn’t happen so the answer is obviously — why not blend them. It is as though the combo grabs the best from each, creating a bold, but lighter, livelier wine that is scrumptiously delicious at some midpoint between the two component wines.
In the glass, Tom’s 2014 Cab/Syrah is a deep ruby red color with a bouquet of dark ripened fruit. Upon sipping, the Syrah fills your midpalate with fleshy/juicy ripe fruit. Then the Cab kicks in, adding its weigh to the dark fruit flavors already coating your tongue while bringing in full mouthfeel structure from the tannins. Aged at the winery for 18 months in new American Oak barrels, this wine finishes off with lingering notes of oak. The result is a wine that is drinkable right now and has the potential to get even better for several more years. Big, bold and delicious! Cellar worthy for those who can resist the temptation to pop the cork right now. I’m a fan.
So here is an idea (every now and then I come up with one), come by the tasting room and taste Tom’s 2012 Syrah and the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, and then follow up with the 2014 Cab/Syrah (I know, I know they are not all the same vintage but it will give an idea of what I’m taking about(. See if you find this blend astounding (interesting, curious, perplexing…your choice on the verb). The key thing is…Don’t miss this one! Come by for a taste to enjoy the wine, enjoy the moment.
- Posted by Jim Curtis
- On November 21, 2016
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