Big, big, bold…and Delicious. I’m talking about Tom’s latest red wine blend here at Heritage Oak Winery — the 2014 Syrah/Petite Sirah. Tom has outdone himself with this one, and that is saying a mouthful (he is, after all, a master at blending), but this wine is a mouthful so I guess saying so is appropriate.
Think for a moment about Syrah, then think for another moment about Petite Syrah, both big, bold, hearty red wines all by themselves. Well then what should we expect from Tom’s 50/50 blend of Syrah and Petite Syrah…???, you got it, big, bold…and delicious.
Let’s apply the 4 “S’s” of wine enjoyment as we dig into this one. First, we see (well sort of see) that this wine is so deep dark red that you can’t see through it. Okay, that leads us to believe this wine will have some intensity. Next let’s swirl, give it a good roll around in the glass. It clings to the sides — “wine tears” or “legs” slowly cascade down the sides of the glass. Hmmm . . . this is going to be a thick viscous wine. Now let’s give it a sniff, wonderful fruit aromas of boysenberry, blueberry with peppery finish, umm — lovely.
Okay, now what we are really waiting for — let’s taste this puppy (I mean take a sip). Based on what the first three “S’s” lead us to expect, this wine delivers in a big way, bold, full-flavored explosive berry fruit flavors all tied up with subtle tannins to give it a mouthfeel that just won’t quit. Tom aged this wine here in the winery in neutral barrels for 18 months to round it out, giving it a nice balance of fruit, acid and tannins with subtle but tasty oak on the finish. So, as I said, big, big, bold…and delicious. And this wine should age nicely for quite a few years. I plan to put a few in the way back of the closet to stumble upon in a couple of years.
This wine has such a wonderful, fresh, lively, yet deep and full flavor that it will be perfect for a wide and diverse array of wine and food pairings. Consider pairing this wine with portabella mushrooms barbecued on the grill, black bean dishes, all types of roasted, grilled or smoked meat dishes like: beef, sausage or chicken. It can also be easily paired with a myriad of different hard and soft cheeses. And with winter coming, I’m looking forward to pairing this wine with numerous, winter comfort dishes such as casseroles, grilled wine-marinated tofu, grilled steaks or hearty beef stew.
So, come on by the winery for a taste. Enjoy the wine, enjoy the moment
- Posted by Jim Curtis
- On September 28, 2017
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