Aging Gracefully- McClean Vineyards 2005 Syrah

I have been on a roll with wine from the Paso Robles region lately.  The bottle I uncorked last weekend from McClean Vineyards was no exception.  McClean Vineyards is a family run winery in Templeton.  The winemaker Michael, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, focuses on making Syrah and seems to be doing a pretty good job at it. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

McClean Vineyards 2005 Syrah is 100% Syrah from Paso Robles.  It has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $40.  For more information see

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

McClean Vineyards 2005 Syrah has rich aromas of blackberry, tobacco, raspberry and a hint of smoke  Plum, blackberries, and dark cherries are combined with tastes of tobacco and a bit of sweet oak making for a nicely complex palate.  This wine has aged gracefully and is definitely worthy of being uncorked.  A perfect companion for grilled meats!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- Grilled sirloin, rack of lamb, or pork chops

*This wine was sent to me as a media sample


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