But this is the one that pushed me over the top:
2007 Jean Edwards Syrah, Alder Springs Vineyard
Alder Springs Vineyard
75 cases produced
Winery price: $45
Level I: Great fruit, friendly
All three wines tasted here feature the signature Jean Edwards style–medium oak, brisk acidity, and evident but not overpowering oak. Although I found all three of these syrahs appealing, this one was my favorite.
The Alder Springs opens with a little pouty funk, as if it resents being awakened, but that blows off within 30 minutes or less (so I recommend decanting). After that, the wine opens up with aromas of warm summer plums, earth, hay, oak, and freshly cracked pepper.
Buoyed up by zesty acids and medium tannins, the mouthfeel is all about mixed summer berries dusted with black pepper and cinnamon. Hints of sage, olive and oak linger in the background. What really made this wine stand out for me, not just in this lineup but against other syrahs as well, was that the fruit was so multi-dimensional. This wine has a fruit spectrum that ranges from strawberry and cranberry all the way to dark plum and cassis.
This wine is very enjoyable now, and its medium tannins promise some longevity as well. A heavyweight in the culinary-friendly Level I category, this is a perfect syrah for drinkers who want an amazing burst of syrah fruit and sass.