Monday, November 9, 2009

2008 Abbey Page Syrah

One of the problems with inexpensive wine is a lack of extraction.  Most bargains in fermented grape juice tend to be from fruit that does not show the concentration that many of us have come to know from the specific varietal and end up well, kinda thin.

Not so with the 2008 syrah from Abbey Page in McMinnville, OR.  The fruit is from the Columbia Valley appellation of Washington state and this wine has many of the fine characteristics anyone who has come to love the Washington syrahs knows.  Big and juicy with enough tannin to keep things interesting without leaving a feeling like you need to comb your teeth.  Deep red, nearly a brutal purple color in the glass and the nose is full with scents of blackberry and grape jelly without the sweet. 

Although a fine quaffer, this one is tremendous with food as well; from spicy sausage pizza to last evening's lighter fare of Midnight Moon from Cypress Grove Chevre with apples and baguette, this wine will keep you happy and won't break the bank.

Not sure?  Well, you can check out some more as this one has also been getting some other press and for $8.99 get out and get yourself some!  I got mine at Esquin Wine Merchants.


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