Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: *** $ Castoro Cellars St. Somewhere Syrah, Paso Robles, California, 2010 = BEST VALUE

By way of background, opening thoughts: Trader Joe's does come up with some interesting options in wines - this is a negociant syrah from the Paso Robles area that came with a strong recommendation from a Trader Joe's employee.

Original tasting and review : This is Castoro Cellars St. Somewhere Syrah, Paso Robles, California, 2010, finished at 15.1% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep, soft magenta red, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft red berries and some deeper oak.  From the aroma, seems like this will be dark, round and aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact purple ripe red raspberries, with a light tannin coat.  Nice surround sound with purple aromatics, seeming lighter on its feet than the 15+ % alcohol might have implied.  A touch of exotic dark chocolate comes briefly through as well.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, generating a best value.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Paso Robles Syrah.

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