JC Cellars Ventana Syrah, Aroyo Seco - A deep and brooding Syrah that takes its own sweet time to reveal its layers of cool climate treasures. The color shows no sign of aging as it still retains a deep, opaque maroon color straight out to the rim. On the nose, a beautiful array of white pepper, coffee, wintergreen and mulberry. The palate is warm (14.7% alcohol) and rich with spicy, white pepper, soy and fruit compote notes. Perfect balance of fruit and acidity with enough tannin to warrant another 5-7 years in the cellar. Just a hint of bay leaf on the long finish. This is a really, really nice wine.
Dinner was a beautifully grilled tri-tip with grilled zucchini, yellow squash, garden-fresh baby eggplant and penne pasta tossed with fresh pesto.
Normally $30, purchased on sale for $23.