During the Wine Bloggers Conference a couple of weeks ago, our palates were bombarded with 100s of wines. Over the course of the weekend, a few wines really stood out from the rest; one of them being 2008 Thralls Syrah Alder Springs Vineyards.
Thralls Family Cellars is the project of winemaker and owner Ed Thralls. Ed has a really cool story surrounding his journey to become a winemaker. After being a bit unfulfilled by a successful career in financial technology, he began pursuing his passion for wine by making it in his garage in Atlanta. Ed followed his passion cross-country to Sonoma and now produces both Pinot Noir and Syrah for Thralls Family Cellars.
100% Syrah from Alder Springs Vineyard in Mendocino County. The wine was aged 19 months in a 50% new/50% 1 year old (Zebra) barrel before bottling in May 2010. There was minimal intervention in the winemaking process. 13.8% alcohol and a retail price of $34.
Thralls Syrah pours an intense blackish-purple color in the glass. The nose offers rich, enticing aromas of blackberries, smoke, and lavender. The palate is smooth and nicely structured with tastes of ripe blackberries, plum, black pepper, and sweet tobacco. Well-made, sophisticated, and balanced!
For more info, visit Thralls Family Cellars.