Winery: Neyers Vineyards
Bottling: 2007 Old Lakeville Road Syrah
Estimated Retail Price: $30 – $35
Purchase Details: Purchased at Fujioka’s Wine Times for $29.99 plus tax.
Tasting Notes: If you recall, I reviewed the 2005 recently and gave it glowing remarks for its wonderful drinkability. With that, I was excited to run out and buy the most recent release, the 2007 to see how it would be drinking. I knew it was going to be a little premature to drink it now, since I already based on the style of the wine that it would need a little bit of time in the bottle, but I wanted to use this more as a test run to determine if I wanted to buy more bottles and sock it away in our cellar.
From the first whiff and sip, I knew this was going to be a good wine. I could just feel it in my bones. The color was an opaque, dark purple like a syrah should be. On the nose, were berries and, spice and meat. In the mouth, flavors of wild berries, black pepper, a little smoke and a long, clean finish and aftertaste. This wine was mega tight and young as expected, but I was already beginning to extrapolate what I think this would taste like in a couple of years and I was getting excited.
The tannins were pretty fine grained and smooth, so drinking it early in its life wasn’t so bad. I went out and recently purchased another bottle. I think I should purchase one more.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: I really felt like lamb would be the best pairing for this wine, so I promptly went out and bought a couple of chops. Salt, pepper and a little bit of love during the cooking process was all that was needed to make this a thoroughly enjoyable meal with the wine.
Winery & Other Background Information: As I mentioned in my previous post on the 2005, this winery is a great value for wines that can be either be drunk early or cellared for future fun. As an example, this Lakeville Road syrah can be had for $30 bucks and cellared for 5-7 years. Their syrahs are awesome, their chardonnays stupendous and their merlot, delicious.