2012 Rominger Syrah
An appealing versatility for food. The Rominger Vineyard sits on the east side of the Vaca Mountains in Yolo County. This area, which is adjacent to the well-known Napa Valley, intrigued us with its similarities to Northern Rhône and its proclivity for Rhône varietals. Stylish and refined, our Rominger Vineyard Syrah exhibits a lovely, fruit-intensive character hemmed by a melody of varietal and barrel spices. Mellow aromas of molasses, black olive, clove and dark fruit lead the nose. Flavors come alive on the palate, exploding with black, brambly berries; Bing cherries and cassis. The addition of Viognier during fermentation gives a boost of fruit that extends into a big finish. Intricately structured, the wine combines richness and finesse, resulting in a highly satisfying wine. Pasta Bolognese or grilled rib eye would make an excellent pairing.