2010 Crew Matchbook Syrah
This wine will surprise and confound. The blend of 90% Syrah from Dunnigan Hills and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon reflect a distinctive terroir not yet commonly appreciated. This relatively new AVA (est. 1993) located in Yolo County a part of North Central California produces unique flavors sometimes not usually associated with the specific varietal. This area is warmer than say the Hermitage region in France where some of the best Syrah in the world is made.
The final blend of Crew Matchbook Syrah produces a product that aims at offering a style of Syrah based wine that will appeal to a wide audience. The wine is smooth but not flabby with virtually no tannic structure. The aromas are dark berries and rain falling on a dusty country road and the flavors carry the same dark berries blended with a cocoa and a dose of vanilla from the oak aging regimen. The low acidity is apparent in the smooth finish which is another element that will attract consumers who have shied away from Syrah in the past due to the high acidity and stringent tannins that are sometimes associated with young Syrah. Very drinkable now and easily paired almost anything that is not citrusy or delicate. 4864 case production.
Rating: Very Good (86) | $16 | 14.3% ABV
Crew Wine Company also makes a good California Rose Tempranillo.