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Yes, Syrah!

by John Treder » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:58 pm

I picked up a dry-aged rib steak and grilled it this evening.
The wine was Wellington Syrah '09, which has a sticker on the bottle saying it won a gold medal at the harvest fair. It's a very pleasant syrah in a (thankfully) restrained style, and fairly low in alcohol, about 14.5%. Excellent length and a smooth finish. The pepper is restrained, you almost have to look for it. I think Chris Loxton was still involved with making their wines back then.
The steak was good, too.
Edit: I looked it up in my brand new wine database that I just got working today. 13.9% alcohol.
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Re: Yes, Syrah!

by David M. Bueker » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:52 am

Says something about the times we live in, where you can call 14.5% "fairly low alcohol."

Of course there are now more than a few Syrah made that clock in between 12.5% and 14.0%, so the bar is thankfully lower than it used to be!
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Re: Yes, Syrah!

by Rahsaan » Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:16 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Says something about the times we live in, where you can call 14.5% "fairly low alcohol."


Sure. But perhaps also the subset of wines that John drinks.

I still find 14.5% to usually be painfully high. I can tolerate it in some examples of Barolo and I guess some CA Syrah, but rarely my favorite and it strikes me as the upper upper limit.
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Re: Yes, Syrah!

by John Treder » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:32 pm

Lots of CA Pinot Noirs are in the mid 14s, and it's hard to find a Zin under 15. Heck, there are "gold medal" Chards in the 14s!
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Re: Yes, Syrah!

by David M. Bueker » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:49 pm

And I try very hard to avoid them, with a few notable exceptions.
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