Wine Review: Edwards Vineyards and Cellars Syrah “Barrel Select” Ramona Valley 2010

edwards2I’ve reviewed several of Edward’s wines over the years and they just keep getting better and better. They are among the cream of the crop in San Diego County’s burgeoning wine region but to be honest they stand up to some the best in all of California. While some of Victor Edward’s wines are dark and brooding, this Syrah is remarkably fresh and bright.

Aromatic intensity is off the charts with bold, fresh berry, warm vanilla, and fragrant mint adding complexity. Six years from the harvest date, this has all the exuberance and vivacity of a young colt. The palate opens on the lush side but the acidity is explosive so the wine evolves into a lithe, nimble dancer with an edgy persona acquiring cranberry hints as it executes a long, scintillating fade. Age has softened the tannins but they still have some chew playing a supportive role to the brash, vibrant acidity.

The wine was aged first in oak and then in stainless steel for an additional year. The result is a unique expression of California Syrah. 100% Estate-grown grapes.

Just released a few months ago, the vintage date tells you something about how serious these wines are. They are never released until they’re ready.

Score: 92

Price: $38

Alc: 15%

Nobody melds lush, edgy, and exuberant like David Bowie

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