Sunday, February 19, 2012

Amavi Syrah

With famous brothers like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir stealing all of the headlines, one does not hear much about Syrah. I've always been a big fan of Syrah for it's earthy and meaty flavors. But the general public has not gotten on the bandwagon, which helps to keep demand and therefore, pricing, low.

Amavi Syrah is from the Walla Walla Valley in Washington. I'm currently drinking the 2008 vintage and it is a fabulous wine for only $20. Wine Spectator gave it 92 points...which makes that $20 price point an incredible bargain.

This wine is 100% Syrah and has been aged in French oak barrels. Pour it in a glass and you'll smell leather and spice. On the tongue, there's no mistaking dark red and blue fruit flavors, a bit of earthiness and and a subtle hint of licorice. This is a very big red for very little money. Grab a bottle and pour yourself a glass. After your first sip, I think you will agree with me that something tasting this good should have set you back a half a Benjamin.

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