Friday, May 25, 2012
In your glass, the 2009 Donelan Family Wines Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah is deep purple in color. The nose is a wonderful conglomeration of cherry, blackberry, pepper, and some meaty/gamy notes. There is also a really unique element of pine nuts. It sounds crazy and took me a while to identify it, but once I figured it out, this subtle smell was just like a pignoli nut cookie baking in your oven. I cant wait to see what happens with the bouquet as this wine ages. In your mouth, you get delicious blackberry fruit with really nice acidity and a medium body. Smooth tannins lead you into a fantastic and long finish. Overall, this is a wonderful and very food friendly Syrah that is clearly cool climate and very delicious. It is an elegant example of Syrah that is Northern Rhone-like in its exceptional balance.
From a pairing standpoint, the combination of acidity and smooth tannins found in this Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah makes this really versatile. It could go with anything from a grilled pork tenderloin cooked medium to grilled steak or venison. I think its sweet spot would be a seared duck breast or roasted rack of lamb, but I don't think you can go wrong with this great Syrah. Available for a price of $45 at www.donelanwines.com , its worth every penny if you're a fan of food friendly Syrah.