Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wine Review: Vindemia Estate Winery 2012 Syrah

Vindemia 2012 Syrah

Don't fear the computer printed label on the bottle. This wine hasn't even been released yet so that sample label isn't what will be on the commercially sold ones.

Vindemia Estate Winery is a small, family owned winery in the southern California winemaking region of Temecula Valley. From what I understand, they make some really good wines and are recommended by many as a must-visit when in Temecula. I was lucky enough to recieve a bottle from the winery and be one of the first to try their new Syrah! The grapes are estate grown and the wine has an ABV of 14.2%.

I don't know if you heard but there's been some snow up here in the northeast this winter. Just record breaking, no big deal. Well, I received this bottle during one of those storms and it was sitting in my mailbox all day. By the time I got home it was colder than a tin toilet seat on the shady side of an iceberg. I sure hope the wine is okay...

Cloud monster
And now it's finally time to crack this bottle open after it's been staring at me for a few weeks. I set everything up at my computer desk. Ice water, clean glass, corkscrew, spit bucket (yes, I'm spitting now... shut up), and then I pull the cork and pour. The color is a super dark purple.

The first quick sniff is all lavender. The heavy aroma of the flower is crawling up the inside walls of the glass and coming for you like a big cloud of doom. Anise, black olive, and savory smoked meat follow behind like minions doing its bidding. It smells so goddamn good!

The wine is medium bodied in weight and the mouth has some dirt to it at first. Not as dirty as my own mouth can be when I start talking, but it's dirty. Leather, barbecue char, tobacco, wet clay. But as it opens up those things fade and fruit takes over. Blackberry is on the flat of the tongue. Tart raspberry is on the sides and it's quite expressive, mingling with the acidity and making your mouth water...

Only to be dried up by the big tannin on the finish. It also finishes with blackberry, barbecue char and spearmint. It's one of those finishes you rush to get to. But, probably unlike every wine review I've done on this site, my favorite part is the mid-palate. I'm usually a nose and finish guy.

Vindemia Estate Winery corkThis Syrah is a nice cross between Syrah styles. It has the nose of the Old World as well as the earth, savoriness and tannin. But it also has the fruit and lushness of the New World. Let's just say it's an Old World Syrah from a warm climate.

There's no price for this wine yet so I can't give it an accurate quality vs price rating. But I can tell you it was delicious and that I recommend it.

I think I'll be plugging the rest of this bottle up so I can have it with lamb chops tomorrow. Yum!

Visit Vindemia's website:

Price: ???
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended.
(what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.
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