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Eristavi Family Winery 2009 Syrah - Wine Review

Amador County, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week July 18, 2011

A bottle of Eristavi Family Winery 2009 Syrah, our wine of the week

Eristavi Family Winery
2009 Syrah

Amador County, CA

Victor Eristavi comes from a long winemaking tradition. His family's origins are in the Republic of Georgia, where winemaking began as early as 6,000 B.C. Eristavi's approach to wine combines both his Old World heritage and the modern influences of the American wine industry. His winery, located on San Francisco's Treasure Island, produces Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel as well as Syrah. The 2009 Syrah reflects the Amador terroir with richness and sweetness up front, rounded out by a big, earthy finish. On the nose, fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry dominate. The wine's chewy tannins give it a thick, sturdy structure. We find the up-front sweetness a little overpowering, but enjoy the earth and spice that come out on the back of the palate. Try it with simple yet hearty foods like grilled tri-tip or spaghetti bolognaise. The wine would also work well with a simple, Sunday supper of burgers and potato salad or even pizza.

Rating: 13.5/20

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