We always intended for our 2005 syrah to be a delicious wine, but now as it matures in bottle, our high expectations have been eclipsed. We couldn’t be more pleased with our inaugural release. It is a wine that speaks with a French accent as it calls to mind certain vintages of Northern Rhone appellations but with its balanced power and bittersweet chocolate-laced weight, the 2005 angelica cellars is proudly a premium example of Central Coast syrah.
“A deep purple hue stains the glass as rich aromas of crushed blackberries, cassis, and white pepper waft up into the room; primary black and blue berries burst on the attack followed by a lush mid-palate and bittersweet chocolate finish… this is a new world syrah with quite the old world sensibility; nice structure, minerality, and underlying acidity is present to suggest great drinking through 2013. Only 25 cases produced.” [epc 9/07]
Go ahead and just pop and pour. This wine will continue to get better with proper cellaring but is certainly enjoying quite the lovely drinking window. Also, remember that extremes in temperature are a wine’s worst enemy… make sure not to store your special bottles of wine in an unfriendly environment.
This wine is quite versatile as far as bold wines go because of its underlying acidity. Ideal pairings might include steak and game off the grill, pork chops, or even pizza. Cheese and charcuterie are always fun, too.