Barnard Griffin 2004 Syrah Tulip Label


Rob Griffins first Syrah was a Columbia Valley 1998 Reserve Syrah

Since then, Rob has added a less expensive version with his "Tulip Label" Syrah, at $17. So, how does this less expensive wine compare? While the 2004 Reserve Syrah, at $30 and "Tulip Syrah" at $17, were tasting very similar earlier this year when the wines were released - they have definitely parted ways and each has achieved stunning qualities. Focusing on the less expensive Syrah, two months ago the "Tulip Syrah" had taken on some very earthy flavors - which did not appeal to my palate.

I was stunned this week when I discovered that the earthiness has almost disappeared to be replaced by delicious dark fruit flavors with a lovely finish. This wine is on my "drink me now!" list. You'll find it difficult to find a better Syrah at this price. And you'll thank me too.

If your local retailer does not carry this wine, you can still find it on the Barnard Griffin Web site.

Cheers!

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