Who: Bridlewood Estate Winery
What: Central Coast Syrah 2004
Where: Santa Ynez Valley AVA, Central Coast, California, U.S.A.
Why: Que syrah, syrah ... I think this must be the rallying song of the Central Coast’s Rhone Rangers (see winespeak). This easy drinking syrah is blended from various vineyards around the Central Coast region, layering flavours and aromas. Bridlewood is a true ranger, with various Rhone blends from the region. This entry has smooth berry and toasty cedar notes on the nose, followed by bright dark fruit, pepper, coffee and figgy sweetness on the palate. Nice balance, with bright acid to help with food friendliness.
How (much): $17.09 BCLS
When: Nice everyday red — well suited for a pan seared double-cut pork chop or peppered strip steak.
Winespeak of the Week: The Rhone Rangers are a Californian band of merry vintners, dedicated to promoting Rhone varietals in the States. In the Rhone Valley in France, there are 22 grape varieties including the well-known Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. More obscure (but delicious) varietals include Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Counoise, Bourboulenc and Picpoul.
Treve Ring is a local sommelier, consultant and food & wine writer.