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Lyrique Syrah 2005

December 11, 2008
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~$23US, 100% Syrah, Santa Barbera, California

A jammy-jam-fruit-monster done right. This is goodtime wine. Pop this, kick back, watch some Family Guy, eat some snacks and enjoy life. Don’t overthink it, like I did:

Black with magenta leggings, and explosively aromatic with smokey black and blue fruits with a little bay leaf and coconut. Thick velvety palate, chewey and sweet. Very long herby finish. Definitely Shiraz-like and very extracted. On the second day, the fruitiness was reigned in and a little acidic lift help balance. Fine-grained and sweet tannins. Some alcoholic heat and spiciness, but alltogether well-contained within the framework of the wine.  I had no luck pairing this with food – it’s just didn’t have the freshness and complimentary nature to really set anything off. Maybe Rochefort?

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