I have told many of my friends, that if it were not for Cabernet Franc, I might have been a Syrah fan. Which means that if Syrah were planted more on the North Fork, you might find more Syrah in my cellar than Cabernet Franc.
I love the meaty, peppery characteristic that one gets from Syrah and sometimes it can get a little funk, which is always a plus in my book. And if you can blend a little Viognier then you are really in my wheel house. To pay homage t the Côte-Rôtie region of France here with Syrah on Long Island will most likely get me to make sure I go home with a few bottles.
The Jamesport Vineyards 2007 “Sidor” Reserve Syrah ($45) does not have any Viognier in it, but not to worry, it still is worth every penny. A blend of 62% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot captures the 2007 vintage beautifully. This reserve named “Sidor” because it comes from their Sidor farm in Mattituck.
On the nose the glass was filled with notes of earth, spice, mineral and in the back ground hints of fruit. Graphite, gunpowder, forest floor ground pepper and exotic spice lead the way with hints of plum, blackberry, cherry and fresh prune. Vanilla, smoke and cedar round out the back end of the nose.
The palate packs more juicy fruit than the nose does with plum, cherry blackberry and grilled fig leading the way. Hints of chocolate, graphite, mushroom, smoke and vanilla.
Bright acidity and chewy tannins fill the mouth with a clean finish of cherry, vanilla and tobacco.
*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard