2003 Barrel 27 Appellation Paso Robles Syrah $16
Okay, someone said “You should try this…” And I bought the last two bottles.
Now I know why they have none left. This is a spectacular Syrah.
I really know nothing about this one, and the label is of little help. It says that it was produced and bottled by Herman Story Wines.
The color is very dark purple and I like that. I smell lots of dark fruit – somewhere between a dark cherry and blackberry, and I like that too. Oh, and since someone made a big deal out of it, commenting on another post – this one has nice legs!
The flavors include the aforementioned blackberry, just a touch of earthiness or leather, I’m not sure which. I’m also going to go out on a limb and say there is a buttery characteristic on the beginning of the finish. (Does that make any sense?)
The taste curve on this one is very nice, very balanced. I really love the finish.
I paired this with a heavily peppered filet browned in a bit of olive oil in a skillet. I served a fresh, sliced Romano tomato on the side. I splashed a little of the wine in the skillet drippings, added a little cream, butter and Kitchen Bouquet and served that over the steak, and of course sopped up the rest with a little cracked wheat-sourdough bread.
Good luck finding any though…