Burgess Cellars Napa Valley Syrah 2011, California 

My Rating 87 Points.   

Price $20.
Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, peppercorn and leather.

Full bodied with medium acidity and smooth with nice legs.

Spicy on the attack, and bone dry on the palate, with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs and spices.

Long finish with firm tannins and black pepper.

What an enjoyable Syrah from Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, California.
This 5 year old is now balanced, complex and interesting. Still young and needs another couple of years in the bottle to mature.

Great all by itself as a sipping wine, but also with food like BBQ Meats. I paired it with steak and baked potatoes.

Needs an hour or so, to open up properly.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

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