San Luis Obispo County
Optimal Drinkability: Drinkable upon release (Nov. 2017), 7-10 years ageability
2016 Syrah, “Wolff Vineyard"
November 2017 DEWN Release
$38.00 per bottle / $410.40 per case
$32.30 per bottle / $364.80 per case (Members)
There are numerous conspiracy theories as to why Syrah has not enjoyed the absolute capitulation of the wine drinking public, as has Pinot Noir in its singular ‘Murrican deformation/adaptation. One can choose to blame Yellow Tail. Or Eastern Paso Robles for Syrah’s deferred Path to Glory. But, the other hypothesis might be that proper Syrah is actually too intensely fragrant for North Amerikaners—so puissant to be almost outré. Should it be served in polite company? The Wolff Syrah is not aromatically shy in the least; there is a haunting minty, coffee-mocha, candied chocolate-covered orange-peel scent. No, wait, it’s absolutely, positively pastilles de violette. Or is it blueberries? The crazy, exotic, haunting spice-box nose reminds me of why we elected to called our Syrah bottling, Le Pousseur. This wine is bloody, bloody good—no small measure of raw or maybe smoked meat on the nose and bacon fat, of course, with a lifted note of those violets again. On the palate, the wine is medium rich in body, with velvety tannins, good natural acidity.
Food Pairing Notes
Lahmajoon (Armenian ground lamb/beef pizza), Gigot d’Agneau (or anything else smoky), Lamb with Rosemary, Hanger Steak with Frites, Lamb Burgers with Mint Pesto, Pepper-Crusted Tuna, Aussie Sausage Rolls, Thanksgiving Dinner, Blue Cheese (if you stuffed some dates with blue cheese and wrapped them with proscuitto or bacon that sure wouldn’t hurt anything).