Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Monday, February 12, 2007

Tar and Roses

Tar and roses - a descriptor usually reserved for Barolo. Not in this case! The 2001 "Nina Lee" Walla Walla Syrah bottle from Spring Valley Vineyard with a glamorous photo of Nina herself on the label, leads you to expect something big. The deep, dark, magenta wine is almost purple with a rose edge to it and a perfumed nose. Tastes of tart plums, tar, roses, and tobacco. Big, but not jammy, this wine sports 14.6% alcohol. It is an interesting wine with a unique character. It's hard to tell how it will age. It seems to have lost a lot of it fruit already and one might guess that it had some velvety tannin when it was younger. Thanks to our good friends and neighbor Dave and Liza for a great holiday gift.

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