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Austin Hope Winery 2009 Syrah -- Wine Review

Paso Robles, CA

Our Selection for Wine of the Week March 14, 2011

A bottle of Austin Hope 2009 Syrah, our wine of the week

Austin Hope Winery
2009 Syrah

Paso Robles, CA

Austin Hope Winery was created for the sole purpose of making world-class Syrah. The winery is a relative newcomer to the Paso Robles wine scene, but owner Austin Hope has been making wine at critically acclaimed Treana winery since 1995. A third generation farmer, he understands what it takes to get the best from the Paso soil and climate. Currently, Hope produces three wines: Grenache, rosé and, of course, a Syrah. The 2009 Syrah offers elements of both an American and Northern Rhône style. On the nose, there are lush blueberries and blackberries as well as an intense, bacon fat note. In the mouth the wine offers sweetness and bright fruit flavors up front. But toward the back of the palate it moves into more subtle, earthy, herbal and meaty notes, which linger on the respectably long finish. If we had one criticism, it would be that the wine seems just a touch pricy when compared with some of its counterparts. However, its balance and length will make it a delicious accompaniment to many meals. Try it with coq au vin, wild mushroom risotto or a simple, hot pancetta sandwich. The wine would even work with a flourless chocolate cake.

Rating: 13.5/20

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