Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Rating: ***+ 2002 Cartlidge & Browne Syrah, CA

Following in our theme this week, this is another "practically free" syrah with an excellent reputation, from the Cartlidge & Browne California offerings. With five years of age, it's no-doubt ready to drink now.

In the glass, this one is medium red with touches of pink upon swirling. On the same swirling, notes of oak and clean, fresh fruit come up from the glass, scrubbed by the Western breezes - it almost reminds me of the aromas of many of the Santa Ynez pinot noirs I tried during a recent trip.

On the palate, this is full, forward, bright, aromatically flavored, almost sweetly scented in its finish. What a light and pleasant experience. Not complex in its finish. But a fine taste overall. I'd find my way back to this, with enthusiasm. Three plus stars out of five. Fabulous quality for the price.

By way of comparison, Rober Parker awarded 88 points and said, "The impressive 2002 Syrah possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to deep cassis and blackberry flavors, not a lot of concentration, but loads of fruit, an opulent texture, and a plump finish. Enjoy this good Syrah over the next several years. Kudos to this California winery that knows how to make satisfying wine at bargain basement prices. "

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