Friday, May 14, 2010

2004 Marelle Syrah, Napa Valley

Not knowing what to expect from this wine left at our house a few weeks ago, I popped the cork on it to go with tonight's pecan-smoked rotisserie chicken. Looking back, perhaps I should've chose a slightly lighter wine. The 2004 Marelle Syrah, Napa Valley is a classic cool climate Syrah featuring aromas of white pepper, dog fur, wintergreen and a Bordeaux-like graphite/pencil lead component. The palate shows quite a bit of acidity and tannin, but seems a bit deficient in the fruit department. At nearly $40 per bottle this may appeal to fans of Northern Rhones, but it's not exactly my cup of tea.

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