Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: ***+ $$ Marmesa Vineyards Cerro Romauldo Syrah, San Luis Obispo, Central Coast, California, 2006 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Here's a relatively high alcohol, but reputedly lighter-bodied syrah than others you may find from, say, California or Australia. 

Original tasting and review : This is Marmesa Vineyards Cerro Romauldo Syrah, San Luis Obispo, Central Coast, California, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Medium deep red/purple.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, just lightly funky and fruity.  From the aroma, seems like this will be mild and balanced.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full purple with inky fruit on the nose - to me a bit more reminiscent of the warmer climate merlots than a Central Coast syrah.  There is some nice black pepper and a certain tannin "grab" that surrounds the somewhat simple center fruit, however, and brings this to a more interesting place.  It may, in fact, decant well.  Finish is quite clean and shows red fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its persistent power, suggestive of promise for the future.  Makes good value status.

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