2004 MonteMaggiore Paolo’s Vineyard Syrah
About this time last year I visited and wrote about MonteMaggiore Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. When I have wines from California (or elsewhere) that I know I can’t get easily, it makes it hard to drink it. Well, I had two wines left from MonteMaggiore, one being their 2004 Paolo’s Vineyard Syrah, which I opened last night.
After I pulled the cork I noticed a good 1/8th of an inch of sediment on the end of it, so I made sure to run it through the little mesh screen as it went into the decanter.
Varietal Blend: 95% Syrah, 5% Cabernet
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Average Sugar at Harvest: 27.0° Brix
Cooperage: 70% French, 30% American
Percentage New Oak: 48%
Cases Produced: 400
This wine was just jumping out of the glass, I believe my tweet about it last night was precisely that “the ’04 MonteMaggiore Syrah is killing it!” Well it kept killing it with rich, layered, Syrah goodness leaving me both happy and sad, realizing with each sip I was closer to the end of my last bottle of this wine.
My Tasting Notes:
Nose: blackberry, bacon, black currant
Taste: cassis, black currant, cinnamon, cedar black pepper and “suede”
Mouthfeel: full body, rich, leathery tannins that are starting to settle down, but still going strong
If you have a bottle of this, or can find a bottle, it is drinking great right now and I highly recommend it!