Saturday, May 03, 2014

Tasting notes: **** Chey Ray Stage Gulch Syrah, Petaluma, Sonoma, CA, 2008 (SG8A)

By way of background:  This is Chey Ray Stage Gulch Syrah, Petaluma, Sonoma, CA, 2008 (SG8A, made from Brehm grapes 731-08SGS).  Grape arrival is referenced here.  The wine was fermented with Assmanshausen yeast, typically reserved for pinot noir and other aromatic varietals.

Tasting notes, now six years from vintage date, May, 2014:  Medium deep dusty red in the glass.  On the nose, shows a soft yet bright red cherry element with a deeper plum note. The palate shows a layered purple, dusty plum quality at first.  Bright red cherry rides up into your cheeks and holds the sip taut there for quite awhile.  The bright grip releases with adult cherry candy fruit slowly dripping from your cheeks.

Nice layers and serious fruit.  Four stars on the Spirit of Wine scale.  

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