Five words sum it up: damn I love this Syrah! Why? It has loads of mouthfillingly delicious fruit without being a fruity wine. The low alcohol (13.2%) means it never feels heavy but it has surprising weight and texture and never feels lean, either. In past vintages I've loved this for all the non-fruit complexities. Sure - there's a fascinating complexity to it, with super cool notes of olive and savory herb plus hints of new leather and tar, but it's the mouthfillingly delicious red and black fruits that have me declaring "chuggable!"
Its balance and ability to pair with food is remarkable, too. Cases in point: on day one, I paired it with chicken and cheese-stuffed poblano peppers and a tomatillo-avocado sauce; day two was Italian sausage and sweet pepper ragu over crispy polenta. Two totally different dishes, the Syrah singing with both.
As always, Twill winemaker Chris Dickson offers his provocative/evocative tasting notes: "Saturated aromas of black pepper, olive, and raspberry. With air, secondary notes of tobacco and licorice. On the palate, raspberry, dark chocolate are lifted with a grapefruit-like iron note. Tannins feel svelte and flavors feel well integrated at this early stage."
This is OREGON Syrah: 75% comes from Steelhead Run Vineyard in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley; the rest comes from Willamette Valley's Stormy Morning Vineyard. The warmer southern climate brings the fruit and texture while the north brings nervy/nerdy complexity. And unlike virtually all domestic, warm climate Syrah, both of these vineyard sources are non-irrigated, adding even more character and integrity to the vines.