Mira Winery Hyde Vineyard Syrah 2009 – Seriously Good Syrah

To submerge or not to submerge, that is the question.

100% Syrah from Carneros, Napa Valley, California.

SRP of $48 (Saturday Splurge). 568 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:

“We believe wine is a story of the land and the place in which it grew. It’s the story of the people who coax it into being — of the sunshine, winds, and seasons that give it its personality. Wine is an invitation — to enjoyment, to the telling of tales, to the sharing of the stories and folklore that make us who we are.

14.5% Alcohol”

This is the second wine we’ve reviewed from Mira Winery after recommending their Cabernet Sauvignon as a Christmas gift — Mira Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – Give Them What They Want. And you may have noticed that this winery has been in the news lately because they recently submerged wine in the harbor in Charleston, S.C. to see how aging wine in the ocean compares to the traditional method on dry ground. As a fan of experiments with wine, whether intentional or unintentional, I think this is a brilliant idea. And while we wait for the results, let’s get to today’s review of their Syrah.

The 2009 Mira Winery Hyde Vineyard Syrah begins with a strong, pleasing aroma of abundant dark fruit, smoked meat, a little menthol and spice. This full-bodied wine tastes wonderful — this is some serious Syrah. There’s lots of dark fruit, a nice spicy streak, continuing smoked meat notes and great balance. It ends with some nice graphite minerality and more deep, dark fruit that hangs around for quite awhile.

Available exclusively from the winery here.

Saturday Splurge

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