Want a nice California Syrah for well under $20….then keep reading! Over the last couple of days, I had a chance to try Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2010 from a bottle and on tap. I was pleased with both glasses of wine (enjoyed the wine from the bottle a little more) and really think it is a great find for the price.
The wine has bright aromas of strawberries and herbs. The clean palate features red fruit, black pepper, and hint of minerals. This is definitely not a rich, jammy Syrah, but instead has more of a light-bodied, elegant character. Simple yet simply good! (B+, $13, 13.5%)
I want to feature a few posts that make some recommendations for end of summer BBQ’s and Labor Day weekend celebrations. It’s a great time of year to spend some time outside with friends and family before the weather cools down and a nice, affordable bottle of wine will always assure a better time for everyone. Big House kindly sent me a bottle of their 2009 “The Slammer” Syrah and I thought it would be a great wine to start with.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Big House “The Slammer” 2009 Syrah is 100% Syrah from the Central Coast of California. It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for $9.99. For more information see www.BigHouseWine.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
The Slammer pours a deep plum color in the glass. It has a powerful nose with notes of dark berries, vanilla, and nutmeg. The palate is smooth and juicy with tastes of ripe blackberries, plum, and a hint of oak. The finish is spicy and the berry flavors continue through. This uncomplicated Syrah doesn’t offer a lot of dimensions but it doesn’t need to. It’s readily available for around $8 and, in my opinion, it’s a perfect crowd pleaser for your Labor Day festivities. Open a bottle and enjoy the rest of the summer.
My Wine Rating- B-
Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs nicely with buffalo burgers, barbecued spare ribs, or a pizza off the grill.
*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review