February 26, 2008

"EOS" Reserve 2004

Petite Syrah / $17.99
California 2004

Once a month I get together with a bunch of neighborhood wine cronies to play poker. We really do play poker, but the enjoyment comes from the camaraderie of neighborhood friends and a mutual love of wine. Each of us brings a bottle we want to share, or brag about. It is a great way to expose oneself to others tastes, and every once in a while, find a gem.

I'll give credit for this weeks find to Scott Greenberg, aka: THE VINE GUY. He is the weekly wine writer for the D.C. Examiner. You don't read the Examiner? Shame on you! Some great information is published each week by Scott and his wife Cindy (The Vine GAL). I liked this recommendation from Scott because he truly loves the wine. Sometimes that may not be the case!

This wine is concentrated, filled with red and black fruit and has the complexity that many wines in this price range do not. It also offers immediate gratification. The 2004 was deep purple and viscous. Black fruit, smoke and very tame tannins make this easy to quaff. The finish reveals a few layers. Black current, Boysenberry and other black fruits give this wine a long, silky finish.

Buy this by the case for immediate consumption. Back up the truck....it is worth it! You should E-mail Scott@VINEGUY.com and ask to be placed on his weekly e-mail list. He will send you a PDF copy of the Examiner's weekly article and keep you abreast of the Washington DC wine scene.

website: http://www.vineguy.com/
e-mail list: Scott@VINEGUY.com

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