2014 Syrah - Elephant Mountain Vineyard
Dry land and strong wind make this site special for Syrah, and every year Matt’s varietal creeps a little closer to vinous nirvana. This is a rich, concentrated, smooth, and delicious wine with good balance and great nose/mouth harmony. Dark red with a ruby rim, it has a strong scent of cherries, red currants, and nectarines, with hints of tart citrus, bacon, violets, baking spice, and pinewood. All these smells carry onto the palate, deepened and transformed with the round, lush, and concentrated texture: balaton cherry, tart berry syrup, smoked pork, even a hint of something like chocolate or sun-dried tomato which the wine’s good acidity carries into a delightful chewiness. All of Matt’s 2014 reds seem to drink well on their own, but this Syrah is a great match for thick soups and stews, cassoulet, roast chicken with herbs, less spicy red or orange curry dishes – my daughter suggested a saucisson crepe, and I concur. This wine is very flexible though – the main thing is that you drink it!