Sunday, March 23, 2008

2001 Fess Parker Syrah

This was such a treat tonight at Chrissy's house for the first annual "Bordentown Supper Club" dinner party. The theme that Chrissy picked as the host of our first theme was Moroccan, so what better to bring than a nice California syrah.

For a syrah, this was a borderline fruit bomb, bursting with plum and cherry, with hints of soil on the nose, and a nice burgundy color in the glass. On the palate, the plum and dark cherry prevailed, mixed with other dark fruits. When first popped and poured, this wine was extremely tannic, but thankfully the tannins settled out with just 20-30 minutes of air, and this wine turned out to be fabulous.

One thing that was not syrah-esque of this wine was the fact that it was not overly spicy, and didn't have the peppery hints that are typical of California syrah. This was almost structured more like a pinot noir, which although odd, I am not complaining about in the least.

This wine from this vintage is a must find, and I look forward to finding some more since it is such a great QPR! Should hold up to a few more years in the bottle with proper storage. Complimented Moroccan food perfectly! All in all, 90 points!

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