Saturday, May 28, 2016

Review: *** $ Castle Rock Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2007 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Castle Rock Syrah.

By way of background:  A few years ago, I favorably reviewed a value-priced Castle Rock 2007 Zinfandel.  Today, we're trying another 2007 Castle Rock, this time a syrah aged almost a decade!


Original tasting and review : This is Castle Rock Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2007, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled a whopping nine years from vintage date, in May, 2016.

Inspired by this wine: We're slapping sticks against the campfire embers, watching sparks leap!

In the glass: Deep muddy magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose (according to colleagues): Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a distinct rubbery element along with its ripe plums.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright and soft plums with some elements of red cherries.  A closing wash of sweet red pepper moves in for the finish.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, almost gaining a star for its longevity.  Best value at this bargain price point.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Castle Rock Syrah.

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