Saturday, March 16, 2013

Review: **** Chez Ray 2008 Stage Gulch Syrah, Petaluma Sonoma CA (SG8V 731-08SGS)

By way of background:  This is Stage Gulch Syrah made with VQ-15 Rockpile yeast.  High hopes for it based on past experiences both with the grape and newer experiences with the yeast.

Color: Deep magenta, opaque from about a quarter inch in.

On the nose:  Deep, funky, smoky.

On the palate:  Full, lush, deep, bold, gritty.  Shows smoky essence along with deep bold blackberry.  Fresh, lingering, full finish.  Four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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