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Gregory Graham Syrah 99

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You say Syrah, I say Shiraz... and wait for the finish!

I tend to like bold, powerful red wines. Strangely, I haven't had a lot of success finding many wines of the syrah (or as they're known when they come from Down Under, "shiraz") variety. The 1999 Gregory Graham Syrah from Napa Valley was a pleasant discovery.

When opening the bottle and going for the first taste, its strong aroma of blackberry and raspberry suggested that I would not regret my choice. The influence of black pepper and mocha added a complexity that I found pleasant.

The real action was in the flavor. Blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, and firm structured tannins all make themselves evident. The wine's cheat sheet also noted the taste of smoked meat, but I didn't seem to be able to find it among the rest of the flavor. Most curious of all, though, was the finish -- a very, very long and strong finish.

The wine went well with my fillet mignon and the long finish slowed down the pace of the meal nicely. I don't like to hurry when I dine, and this wine helped to ensure that I had ample time to enjoy my meal and my company.

Created by cmcurtin
This article originally appeared on Sunshine Poultry.
Last modified 2004-08-23 04:22 PM
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