Skip to main content

StoneCap Syrah 2005 Columbia Valley


Stonecap Monson Family Estates Syrah 2005 Columbia Valley

This was supposed to be another white wine post. By now, you may realize my penchant for Washington Syrah. SO you may understand my eagerness to sample the Stonecap 2005 Syrah. This wine was cellared and bottled by Goose Ridge Vineyards, Richland, Washington. I have a lot of respect for Goose Ridge wines. Naturally I was curious about this new label.

I opened the wine, had a short glass, and closed it again for three days before drinking it again. Screw caps do come in handy sometimes.

What was it like on day one? When I first opened the wine, it had a distinct tomato soup nose - extremely vegetal, with a touch of celery. Not my speed, which explains why I ignored it for three days.

Day three, or is it day four? Today I was immediately impressed by the glorious deep purple color, inky purple, the color of the Syrah of my dreams. Thankfully, the strong vegetal aroma has gracefully retired, replaced by the subtle aroma of spicy, baked bell peppers, blueberry pancake syrup and a whiff of tarragon. An appealing improvement over day one. Medium dry, gentle tannins, balanced acidity and silky dark fruit finish. Can you say smooth and drink me now?

This Syrah is not all in your face. It is delicate and refined (after 3 or 4 days in the cupboard - 4 to 6 hours in a good decanter might suffice instead). It paired exceptionally well with my Roman style chicken soup - this was a flavorful soup made with chicken, porcini mushrooms, red bell pepper, garlic, onion, salt, celery and chicken broth. The strong soup paired great with the wine, truly complimentary flavors.

I have the recipe for the Roman Style Chicken if you want it, I made the soup from the leftovers. This wine is worth checking out, recommended!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

My Favorite Recipe | Flourless Chocolate Torte

Satisfying those chocolate cravings. My Instagram followers have seen me post photos ( @wild4wawine ) of my favorite dessert for over a year. Possibly, I've posted the original recipe to Instagram. If you ask, I usually do. After success and failures, I've learned that this dessert does not always deliver desired results. With some effort, I've figured out why, and the remedy. Yes, I've been gently tweaking the recipe. Adjusting ingredients. Modifying and streamlining the process. With mixed results. Confiding with my wife, she gave me a tip that finally nailed this recipe down. I'm happy to share this recipe with modifications. It's truly a lovely dessert. My favorite. Enjoy responsibly. Just out of the oven flourless chocolate torte. Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Torte An easy recipe to follow. You will need an oven, mixer, spring form pan and a double boiler. While you can eat this torte warm, I prefer to let it cool down and refrigerate it

The Best Sci-Fi Series You’re Not Watching. But I Am

The Ministry of Time/El Ministerio Del Tiempo History is under threat. Someone is attempting to alter the past. In response, a secret government organization is working to protect the sanctity of time. This group is the Ministry of Time. Agents of the ministry, are able to travel to different times and places via a deep well of stairs located in Madrid, Spain. From these stairs, innumerable doorways branch off to different periods of the past. Agents are recruited from other time periods, they work diligently to protect the history of Spain. And we get to go along for the thrilling ride. I’m changing up things today by recommending my favorite Spanish TV series. I found it accidentally, now I'm hooked. Improving my Spanish language comprehension Among my self-improvement efforts, there are many, one is to enhance my comprehension and speaking abilities of the Spanish language. With a neglected minor in Spanish, I’m embarrassed to have forgotten so much vocabulary and

Answer: Sweet Bordeaux | Question: Which French Wine Pairs with Salty, Savory and Heat?

Category: Delicious Wine and Food Pairings Since last year, I have found myself drinking more sweet white wines. And not with or as dessert. I've become quite fond of pairing sweet and medium sweet white wines with lunch and dinner. Not any sweet wine will do. You need a quality wine with complexity, sugar yes, but the wine also needs balanced acidity to match with the food. And the wine must be tasty too. I'm referring to the sweet white wines of Bordeaux, France. Sweet Bordeaux wines deepen in color with age. Sweet Bordeaux white wines are made with a combination of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes.These wines are quite sweet, with balanced acidity, so many of these wines can be long lived in the wine cellar, even decades. As these wines age, you will notice that their color deepens to a beautiful deep gold. Even though these are age worthy wines, they can be quite approachable and food friendly when young. Yes they can. Tasting and pairing th