2003 Sunstone Syrah
The Sunstone 2003 Syrah (Santa Barbara) is organic and made from 100 percent syrah. It costs about $17 (marked up to $39 at the restaurant we drank it at!!! ugh) and worth it at the lower price :). I do loathe restaurant markup.
The PIT and I both loved this wine, which was earthy and spicy with a great bouquet of dark fruit on the palate (the winemaker says blueberry, but I didn't taste that. Then again, I missed the white pepper and blueberry smell, too. I was more in the BLACK pepper, strawberry/plum zone). I drank my syrah with some delicious lamb accompanied by peanut-topped rice and the PIT had his with a duck breast/cherry combo. It worked well with both dishes.
Sunstone Vineyards and Winery (not featured in the movie Sideways) is located 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara. Judging by the website photo, this place is beautiful. This USA Today article calls it one of the area's grander tasting rooms. I still haven't made it to the Santa Barbara wineries, but hope to go and review a few soon.
Grade: 3 stars. I really dug this wine and would buy it again in a second.
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Posted by Blogpire Productions at June 13, 2006 10:38 AM