#Syrah Day!

Huzzah! It’s #Syrah Day! Why so excited? Because this means I’ll be sampling our new 2006 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Syrah! Not yet released, but based on a recent internal tasting, this vintage is going to be flat-out extraordinary!

To get the ol’ palate warmed up, a look at our 2006 Lytton Estate Syrah/Grenache blend should do the trick …


The Twin Pillars of #Syrah Day!


2006 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Syrah/Grenache

As this is a dead-on 50-50 split of two varietals that initially emerge from quite disparate aesthetic locales, integration and harmony are the front-and-center questions with a wine like this, and I am happy to report that the conjugal nuptuality of sensual intertwinedness is in full coil at this point! Deep violet-y velvet hues with sparkling lavender and magenta overtones in the glass, robustly earthen aromatics atop which dance a perfumery of florality on the nose, decadent and sinuous mouthfeel rich with minerals, ripe fruit, silken tannins, and aristocratic acidity, and a post-coital finish that’s all warmth, locked limbs, and warm breath. Isaac Hayes level sexy …


AH, SO, that’s how you do it!


And now, getting ready for the star of the show, the 2006 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Syrah! A very small-production, winery-only release, made available on pre-release exclusively to members of our ATP Wine Club, and then sold through our tasting rooms and on-line, this little rarity promises to be a gem of a gem set in a bracelet full of gems worn on the wrist of someone who has lots of gems, and very good ones all, with this gem being the finest of the gems amongst the gems …

ATP might "officially" mean Advanced Tasting Program, but to me, right now, it means Always Tastes Perfect!


Ok, here we go! (Pssst, how do you spell that sound Homer Simpson makes when he goes all drooly over something?) The face-first dive into the liquid lighted glory of Syrah! (Actually, Syrah co-fermented with 8% viognier!). Such depth, such darkness, is there a world for oenophilically spelunking? Oeno-lunking? Or am I a Speloeno?


Take that, Thomas Kincaid, painter of light! 

Anyhow …

2006 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Syrah


The music of Syrah:

Deep Purple, The Velvet Underground, Love and Rockets!

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7 replies

  1. @Phil Watkins — You’re right, Phil. After a little detective work, I found the exact opener. It arrived in the mail the other day, and it’s great.

    I may have discovered the perfect wine-opening combo: the ah-so pronged pull and the Arch Foil Cutter from Vacu Vin.

    More testing needs to be done 😉

  2. Duh — the caption reveals the brand. As Rosanne Rosannadanna would say… “nevermind.”

  3. What brand of pronged corkpullers do you guys use? Can’t quite read the writing in the picture captioned “AH, SO, that’s how you do it!”

  4. wow, that sounds great! is that going to be an ATP shipment or an add-on?

    and wondering on the cork too!

  5. To which gem does that deep space black cork on the left belong to?! I want…

  6. Sounds great. And terrific soundtrack to go with the wine.

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