100% Syrah from San Luis Obispo County, California.
SRP of $35 (Saturday Splurge). Available directly from the winery. Sample received courtesy Bonny Doon Vineyard for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"From the dramatically unexpected geological extrusions (No one expects the Schistous Inquisition!) and the alluvial rock outcropping dreamscape of the Alamo Creek Valley, located slightly Northeast of the town of Santa Maria -- the place where the wild things roam -- comes intensely concentrated and mineral-rich syrah. Deeply colored, seductively perfumed, peppery and gamey, with breathtaking balance; for optimal expression, we suggest a gentle decanting, allowing the wine to breathe an hour or two prior to consumption.
Bonny Doon Vineyard and Syrah, two of my favorite things. No more explanation needed for why we had to consider today's wine in our Saturday Splurge series. And boy are we glad we did.
The 2008 Bonny Doon Vineyard Alamo Creek Syrah begins with a wonderfully inviting bouquet of dark fruit but even more notable is the amazing gamy, smoked meat and dried herb character. You simply can't wait to take a sip after smelling it. When you do, you are greeted with a SMOOTH wine featuring more dark fruit and spice plus silky tannins and almost the perfect amount of smoked meat. It ends with a great savory, dry finish with good length. A really delicious wine that is seriously hard to stop drinking once you start.
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