Escorihuela Gascon –  Syrah 2004

Name:  Escorihuela Gascon –  Syrah 2004 Style:  Red wine Grape:  Syrah Region:  Mendoza, Argentina Price:  $10.25

Probably originated in Persia. Most wines labeled Syrah have small amounts of other reds blended in to soften and add extra aromas. Wines made from Syrah are often quite powerfully flavored and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor depending on the climate and soils where it is grown. Aroma characters can range from violets to berries (usually dark as opposed to red), chocolate, espresso and black pepper. No one aroma can be called "typical" though blackberry and pepper are often noticed.

Food Paring

Big tannic red wines like a Syrah will go best with your classic grilled steak or lamb chops, as the fat in the meat will tone down the tannin in the wine. Dark meats like beef, venison and bison work well with this wine.

Description of this particular wine:

An impressive wine from Escorihuela. This Syrah is closer in style to the Old World than a typcial Aussie Shiraz - the style is lighter, and the fruit 'redder', with correspondingly less intensity on the palate. A decent stint in French oak adds lovely coffee-caramel complexities. The palate is absolutely consistent from start to finish, thanks to impressive structure that never comes close to dominating.

General comments from our tasters:

- I liked this one
- Extremely fruity and thick tasting
- Nice smell of cherries and blackberries
- Has a lingering pleasant aftertaste
- Thumbs up – liked its savory lingering finish

General rating from our team:  4