Tuesday, March 25, 2008

2005 Lafond Syrah Santa Rita Hills Lafond Vineyard

Raphael brought this over to the house tonight, and the three of us enjoyed it on one of the first "Bistro Nights" of Spring, although it was a bit on the chilly side.

Lots of neighbors came down and said hello, which is just a sign that Spring is near, and that it is going to be a great "Bistro Season." Kurt and Meredith hung out, as well as Todd and Michelle, Lisa and Andrew, Jim Cathy and "Wiggles," Diane, Carter, and God only knows who else. I hope you all are looking forward to bistro season like we are!

Back to the Lafond. First and foremost, it is always a treat when Raph brings something over that he brought back from California. The wines he selects are always a treat!

The wine had a tight nose of cherry and other dark fruits along with some cola. I think another year in the bottle would make this wine fabulous, but as always, what do I know? The palate revealed the dark fruits, consisting of more black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, white pepper, and cedar. I know what you are thinking....cedar? Yes, not oak, it was more of a smoked cedar taste, a bit overwhelming at first, but integrating nicely with more time in the glass. The finish was short and sweet, maybe 20 seconds, but it was nice.

All and all, another great Santa Rita Hills wine that I would love to drink again. 90 points out of 100. Thanks Raph!

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