A couple of months back I looked at a Zinfandel from Lang Wines. It impressed me and was a standout during the 12 Days of Zin. With that in mind I was looking forward to tasting some of their other selections. Barbera, Syrah & Sauvignon Blanc are the other offerings they make. All together their production is around 1,500 cases. They're more of a grower and actually started producing wine as a way to show potential clients, the quality that could be produced using their grapes. Today I'm going to look at their current Syrah release. The Lang Wines 2005 Syrah is made from Amador County fruit. Purchases through their website are setup by the case. At $198 per case it works out to $16.50 per bottle.
Observing it in the glass, the Lang Syrah is a gorgeous cherry red hue. Strawberries and cream notes burst out of this wines nose. The palate is loaded with sweet berry fruit and accompanying spice notes. The finish features sour cherry, leather, tobacco, mineral, spice and earth in addition to substantial bakers chocolate notes. This is a great wine to drink on its own. It offers plenty of complexity and intensity to make a very interesting wine to simply sit and contemplate. That said it'll match well with a variety of foods, grilled meats in particular.
What I like best about the 2005 Lang Syrah is the stylistic line it straddles. The nose is big, bold and somewhat jammy bringing to mind Aussie Shiraz. Throughout the palate though, it more closely resembles a Syrah from the Rhone. A terrific wine and one of the more memorable examples of Syrah I've tried of late.
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