Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: ***+ $$ Ridge Crest Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2010 = GOOD VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ridge Crest Syrah.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Ridge Crest is a line of value-priced second labels from Claar Cellars, a premium winemaker in Columbia Valley, Washington State.  We'll be sampling four separate varietals from this line.

Original tasting and review : This is Ridge Crest Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2010, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta purple. Opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fresh, deep, fragrant plums and some prunes, with some black pepper.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep fruit with clear pepper fragrances.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in much as anticipated, with deep fruit and pepper; yet a lusher mouthfeel than anticipated.  Solid, lush tannins and gently enfolding acids bring the fruit together into a solid earthy clump and allow it to finish long and languid.

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

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ridge Crest Syrah.

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