Since I have a lot of wine piling up in my basement, I figured I'd force myself to pull something from my cellar rather than shopping around for something. So I pulled up my trusty Cellertracker list and picked the first Syrah on my Drinkability list. I excluded all Shiraz and blends in the spirit of the event. The winner (in a loose sense of the term) was something I received through one of those mail order grab bag things. This review is as much about the wine as it is about ordering no name wines from heavily marketed sources.
Now on with the wine!
2003 Thornhill Vineyards Syrah
750ml ~ $10.00 (Some crappy mail order service that I won't mention)
Producer: Thornhill Vineyards
(Vinted and Bottled by
Viviers Wine Cellars
A.K.A. San Antonio Winery
Los Angeles, CA)
SubRegion: Central Coast
Appellation: Monterey County
Typical new world syrah in color - though a little thin. Great nose of chocolate, cassis, leather, soil (though nothing like one can expect in an old world syrah). Smells like a wine cave. Taste doesn't live up to the invite. Watery, a lot of acidity, not well integrated, flabby, completely unbalance. The next day it improved only slightly in flavor, but not in balance. Flavor started to remind me of panna cotta with cherries.
So without dragging on the agony any longer, the moral of this review is that California wines that cost under $10 and are not on every supermarket shelf in the US are probably not on every supermarket shelf in the US for a reason.
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