By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.roxyann.com
Syrah from Oregon? You bet! Located in the southern part of the state is the Rogue Valley – near Medford. This AVA is a “hotbed” for both Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. There’s been a good deal of press coverage about wines of this region over the past couple of years and more people are perking interest.
- Vineyard: 100% Estate
- Aged: 18 Months 100% New Oak French
- Blend: 81% Syrah, 13% Malbec, 6% Grenache and 6% Petite Sirah
- Alcohol: 14.6%
- Price: $30
Nose: Spiced blueberry jam, squid ink, leather, blackberry pie filling, dark chocolate, tobacco and mud.
Taste: A beautifully “jammy Syrah” without being too jammy – if that makes sense. The rich, lush, dark and blue fruits on the nose are rather deceptive in that they smell a lot stronger than you taste in the glass. That’s because they’re balanced with nice acids and tannin structure. I get some pencil lead, leather and dark cocoa powder across the mid palate which leads into a nice – but somewhat short – finish.