Friday, January 08, 2010

SYZYGY Walla Walla Syrah - 2006

As the winery says:
When earth, moon and sun align - it’s syzygy
When earth, vine and sun align - it’s SYZYGY!
One might think with the self-named title of Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman that I kick up my heels every night drinking wine and hanging by downtown lamp posts - - au contraire. Believe it or not, I slip quietly into wine bars and restaurants, don’t make a fuss and usually home by 8:00 pm.

The Vineyard Lounge at the Marcus Whitman Hotel is one of my favorite places to haunt in Walla Walla. I have a favorite table, which I am not going to tell you which one it is. When I visit the lounge, I play a little game in my head regarding which wine I will order, so I look for a "sign." When I check the wine list and there are so many tempting Walla Walla wines to sample, I need a little help. So, I look for a "sign"...

The other night, I walked into the Vineyard Lounge and sitting in there was Zach Brettler, winemaker and owner of SYZYGY Winery. Could this be a sign? Sure enough. I opened up the wine list and there it was - my sign! The first "rouge" wine on the list that jumped out at me was SYZYGY’s Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 2006! I had to have a glass.

Okay, so I am not one of those bloggers who give scores and QPR’s. If I say a wine was yummy, then trust me, it is yummy! But if you are familiar with the vineyards in the area, how can it not be "yummy" considering the fruit for this 100% Syrah came from Seven Hills, Morrison Lane and Les Collines vineyards? The nose came through with berries and a hint of vanilla and smoke. The flavor - - a lush mouthful of ripe blueberries and a gentle finish of spice. The tannins weren’t in your face, but just enough to remind you they were there. Defintely you could lay it down for awhile, but why? Enjoy it. It's a classic Syrah showing all of the components of a Syrah that I look for and immensely enjoy.

Again, I am not into points and scores, but when I did some further research about the SYZYGY Syrah, I discovered that the Wine Spectator also liked it and gave the Syrah 93 points.

1 comment:

Mike Rech, Innkeeper said...

We have 2 bottles of the 2005 in the cellar. It was very tasty, will go back to try the latest this May.

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