One of the fun things for me about going out to new restaurants is studying and tasting through the wine list. It is very often how I discover wines that become part of our wine inventory and occasionally on our “favorites” list.
Such was the case this past weekend when we were treated to a dinner out at a local restaurant. We got there and didn’t have a reservation, so we happily waited in the bar. A nice wine and drink menu always passes the time quickly don’t you think? Scott chose the Tobin James “Notorious” Cab, which was excellent, while Courtnay started with a dirty martini. (Which I was envying once the bartender poured it into the chilled glass with some blue cheese stuffed olives.) I decided to go with the 2006 Bridlewood Syrah. Great choice!
Many years ago – before I was really into red wines, I visited the Bridlewood winery when I was in Santa Barbera/Santa Ynez valley. In fact, I still have the tasting glass, and that was how I decided to try the Syrah the other night. I knew back then, if I had tried the syrah, I certainly wouldn’t have known it from any other red wine, so I thought it might be fun to “try” it again.
The wine opened with a lot of rich berry, which I love! I think I also tasted a little bit of chocolate, and while it had some oak, it wasn’t overly so. It had a smooth and long finish that just hinted of pepper, and was just what I was looking for. Interestingly, when I looked up this wine it is 94% syrah, 3% petite syrah, and 1% viognier, with 2 % “other”. I let Courtnay taste it, and she was won over as well, so we both enjoyed another glass for round two, aka dinner.
I will certainly be on the lookout in my retail wine shops to add this smooth sipper to our wine refrigerator.
What has been your favorite recent wine find?
That sounds really good! Thanks for your comment :) The Bridlewood chardonnay is my absolute favorite chard as of yet, and I'm not usually a chard drinker. I love the buttery chards. It surrounded the mouth with a buttery fullness, but was still nice and fresh with juicy fruit. I will definitely get this one again! And I can't wait to try the syrah!
Oooh that's a toughy. I recently bought a bottle of Red Rex that I really enjoyed. I also have a nice bottle of sparkling cabernet that I've been meaning to open for a special occasion.
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