Thursday, June 6, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - California Syrah - 2009 Buttonwood Estate Syrah

For my weekly wine reviews, I mostly try and review wines that should be somewhat easy to find at a wine shop (either brick and mortar or an online store).  Today is an exception as I review a wine from Buttonwood - available (as far as I know) only in restaurants or through their wine club. Buttonwood is located in Central California just outside Solvang.  The price to quality ratio of these wines are typically very high - most all the wine they offer is priced under $30 - so they definitely rank up there as one of my favorite wineries.

Wine: 2009 Buttonwood Estate Syrah
Region: Santa Ynez Valley, California
Grape Varieties: Syrah
Obtained from: Purchased at Winery
Price: $20.00
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Dark purple with a water white rim.
Aroma: Nice dark fruits like blackberries and maybe some black cherry along with a hint of smoke and something a bit earthy.
Taste: Big and fruity, nicely balanced.

The Grade: I give this one an A. An absolutely rocking Syrah for $20 - great for sipping or to pair with food - like some lamb chops or even some BBQ ribs.  If you go are ever in the Solvang area I suggest this as a must visit winery.  They are located on a nice farm where they grow other stuff - even persimmons! Give them a try and join their wine club - they also have excellent Sauvignon Blanc. 

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