Wine Review – 2004 Sutton Cellars “Ramondo Vineyard” Syrah, Sonoma, California

We forgot to bring our camera to dinner to snap a picture of the bottle and it was impossible to track down a picture on the internet.  This is the company's logo, so use this as a guide should you try to track it down.

We forgot to bring our camera to dinner to snap a picture of the bottle and it was impossible to track down a picture on the internet. This is the company's logo, so use this as a guide should you try to track it down.

Winery: Sutton Cellars

Bottling: 2004 Syrah Ramondo Vineyard

Region: California

Sub-Region: Sonoma Coast

Estimated Retail Price: $24

Purchase Details & Tasting Source: Ordered off the menu at Maverick American Eatery & Wine Bar in San Francisco, California.  We dined there on a Monday night and were pleasantly surprised to find that they extend you a 40% discount on full bottles of wine on Mondays.  We ended up shelling out $28 for the bottle.  Yowza!  On a side note, the restaurant rocks.

Tasting Notes: One word – Character.  This particular bottle is a little bit of what happens when Kermit Lynch imported wine collides with California made juice.  In short, gobs of fruit with old world, barnyard funk.

The server said the wine had tons of fruit up front, great texture and lots else going on to balance out the explosive fruit.  Like her service that night, her description of the wine was spot on.  She said they un-earthed several bottles originating from earlier days of the restaurant, while doing some cellar housekeeping duties

I was a little scared of the strong barnyard, gamey aromas I was getting in my initial whiff.  Not your typical California aroma, but nonetheless, intriguing.

In the mouth, lots of spice, raspberries and blackberries and a crazy flavor that resembled what would happen if blueberries gave off red fruit flavors while still being a blueberry, if that makes any sense.

The finish would not quit and the texture was phenomenal.  The wine was velvety and plush and felt so alive in your mouth, I felt that at any moment, I was going to leak some out on the side of my mouth.  I was really sad as the bottle started heading down empty avenue.

Food Pairings & Context in Which to Enjoy: Lamb, pork, good company or someone with an old world palate.

Winery Background: I don’t know anything about this winery and never heard about it until I saw it on the menu that evening.  All I knew is that they only made 293 cases of this wine, per the label on the back.

My overall impression is that this wine tastes like it was crafted by someone who really enjoys making wine.

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