2003 Meyer Family Syrah (USA, California, Mendocino County)
I bought this wine because I love Mendocino syrah, and my girflriend's last name is Meyer. I thought it would be a fun wine to drink, but I was surprised by it's overall quality. At nine years old, this wine is still a vibrant, clear purple color in the glass. The nose shows bright cherries, fresh herbs and milk chocolate. What a wondrous nose. The palate starts off with root beer float and cherry coke flavors, matched with grainy tannins that feel almost like dark coffee. The finish is smooth and creamy, accented with mocha. The flavors in this wine were pure and vibrant. A serious crowd-pleaser.
89+ pts IJB