Ampelos Syrache Santa Barbara County Ca. 2007

From what was once an inky blood red rim has now become brick while the once opaque core is now burgundy. Blueberry compliments blackberry on the nose while black cherry and black olives add layers to the bouquet. They all find room to add a line to the profile, but blackberry leads the cast from attack to finish. Surprisingly, the cigar ash from prior bottles doesn’t appear in this one. The mouthfeel is a touch lighter than usual too. A blend of 72% Syrah and 28% Grenache. Heavy sediment. 14.5% alc. With blue cheeses (Stilton and Roaring 40s) and crusty bread. 03.26.17. While the wine is a bit odd from its sister bottles, this remains “Recommended.”

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