Thursday, May 22, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Washington Syrah - 2010 Stevens Winery Black Tongue Syrah

I am a big fan of Syrah, and am becoming a bigger and bigger fan of Washington State wines, including their Syrah wines.  Those were two of the reasons I picked this wine to try, but the third was that I love the name.  Why you may ask?  Try some and take a look at your tongue after a few swigs...black (OK, dark purple) tongue!




Wine: 2010 Stevens Winery Black Tongue Syrah
Region: Yakima Valley, Washington State
Grape Varieties: Shiraz (Syrah)
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $32.00
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.


Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine is clear, and dark, dark, (dark) purple...wouldn't have expected any less!
Aroma: Lots of blackberries, and a nice Syrah smokiness.
Taste: Intensely fruity, with some tannins - but very well balanced.  

The Grade: I give this one an A. A really nice wine.  If you are looking to take a step up in quality with a wine - this is a good one.  Very big fruit, very new world, and (as advertised!) leaves you with a very black tongue!

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