2009 Russian River Valley Syrah
Syrah •Derbes Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
Today’s Super Spy Sunday Selection is an aromatic, flavorful Syrah that is an aged to perfection beauty that our entire tasting panel is crazy about.
This wonder of a wine was made by Cécile Lemerle-Derbès, who is the former winemaker at Opus One, Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Jacquart, Schug Carneros, Korbel and others.
Absolutely gorgeous on the nose, with aromas of smoky cherry, pomegranate, cherry bark, black cherry, dried cranberry, red currant, leather, Kentucky tobacco leaf, black licorice, spice box and dried fall leaves.
This aged-to-perfection wine presents a lot of fruit, with flavors of black cherry, grilled Bing cherry, baked cherry tart, spice box, subtle pencil shavings and a hint of cracked peppercorn.
This balanced wine is a wonderful and very flexible pairing companion. Just about any dish with red meat, pork or chicken will work. Even heartier fish dishes would work wonderfully.
This superior wine is offered with our very hearty recommendation.
Dark garnet hues at the edge, darker at the heart of the wine.
Smoky cherry, pomegranate, cherry bark, black cherry, dried cranberry, red currant, leather, Kentucky tobacco leaf, black licorice, spice box and dried fall leaves.
Black cherry, grilled Bing cherry, baked cherry tart, spice box, subtle pencil shavings and a hint of cracked peppercorn.
Super long and filled with flavor from end to end. Plush tannins seem to lock flavors onto the palate forever. Eventually, the palate becomes dry, first at the edges, then at the center. This dryness serves as a reminder to take another big sip of this delicious wine.
Enjoy this great wine with lamb shanks, a grilled steak, burgers, a hearty meat lasagna…. You get the picture.
What the Winery Says
- Cécile Lemerle-Derbès
- Russian River Valley
- Harvest Date
- September 2, 2009
- 11 months
- 10% new French oak
- Sep 10, 2010, unfined and unfiltered