Wine – 2004 Matetic Syrah San Antonio EQ

01072007.jpgThis is one I’ve been meaning to try for a while… I loved their Pinot Noir and both Wine Spectator and Decanter gave it a rousing thumbs-up (it made Dictator’s Top 100 for 2006 at #99).

The colour was great – deep, dark red. After a couple of hours in the decanter, it was still pretty tight – a lot of the “Oak MonsterGary loves to mention over at Wine Library TV – and there was a lot of heat on the nose (it has 14% booze). That did seem to subside over the next hour.

What emerged was outstanding. It was like a bacon-wrapped, peppered steak in a cherry/plum reduction sauce. It was all there – the bacon, the beef, the pepper and certainly the fruit (cherry, plum & black currant). The nose and flavours of the wine were really in synch and very complex.

There were enough tannins backing it up to show this is a wine that could really use some time in the cellar (or closet, or wherever you try to hide bottles away). Fantastic stuff!

$45 – 50 here in BC.

4 1/2 stars

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