Last week, I joined in on a BrandLive and Twitter tasting of 4 different Lodi wines paired with 4 cheeses. I have mentioned before how cool the BrandLive tastings are because you have a chance to interact with winemakers (and also the cheesemonger in this instance) and ask them questions. I really don’t drink many wines from Lodi so it was a great opportunity to learn what is going on with wine in the region. Overall, I found that most of the wines we tasted were a little outside of what I tend to enjoy. However, the 2011 Fields Family Wines Estate Syrah was definitely an exception.
100% Syrah from Lodi. The Syrah is grown in the Fields Family Estate Vineyard, which is certified organic. Aged in French barrels (less than 25% new). Native yeasts, 14.2% alcohol, and a retail price of around $22/bottle.
Enticing aromas of violet surrounded with exotic spices. The bright palate has notes of earth, currants, anise, and black pepper. Smooth tannins and healthy acidity (yet a little hotter than I would prefer). Overall, this Syrah is well worth uncorking!