Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ***+ $$ Two Angels High Valley Syrah, Shannon Ridge Vineyard, California, 2005 (GOOD VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Two Angels High Valley Syrah, Shannon Ridge Vineyard, California, 2005, made in high-elevation vineyards, aged for 10 months in mainly French oak, then blended with 7% grenache.  Two Angels is finished at a hefty 14.9% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep black burgundy, opaque from almost the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, full, creamy purple fruit with some milk chocolate and menthol.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick, mouth-filling and aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite a bit more restrained.  Tasty and understated, this nonetheless brings bold creamy fruit to the mid-palate, wrapped in purple robes.   A completely new-world experience, but always balanced.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for balance and some restraint.  Good value

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Consistent nose and just a bit muted on the palate.

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