synchrodan wrote:Can anyone who has tried these Syrahs give me any input as to how they compare to a Ridge Zin vs a Wellington Syrah? What I'm looking to understand before purchasing is that these Syrahs don't have that sweet tinge that you'd find in most Zins (at least the ones I've had). The reviews I read don't make this point clear. (I'm not sure how to properly describe the taste. It might be "cassis"? Lowel knows what I'm talking about here.) Thanks.
Well, I did a test of the 2005 BB vs a 2004 Wellington Syrah Englandcrest today, just for you, along with some of my co-workers. And here's the results...
People were pretty much split right down the middle whether they preferred the BB or the Wellington.
The BB is, as others have said, a HUGE ASS SYRAH. If you like them BIG, this is for you. There's heavy oak on the nose, but it amazingly fruity across the palate (so yes, it has a sweet tinge to it). It was pretty smooth, no heat on it, which I found kind of surprising since it is so young, and has a 15.1% ABV. What fruity fruits? Cassis, blackberries, black cherries, red raspberries. And there's a little bit of leather hiding in it.
The Wellington, by comparison (sorry Peter), was kind of wussy. Now I'm not sure if my palate was corrupted from the BB since I had that one first, so bear that in mind. But the Wellington is much more tart, acidic and sharp, with a bit of heat on the finish - 14.5% ABV on this one. There was more of a minerally quality to it that definitely wasn't there for the Brian Benson. You still get the red fruits and berries on it, but you have to go looking for them. They don't smack you in the face like the BB does.
Both wines were served at approx. 60 degrees, with being opened (but not decanted) for about an hour. They were also served in Riedel Syrah glasses.
The color on both was comparable - deep plum. Both had good legs. Just very different noses and flavor. Very different.
Which did I prefer? Well, I still like my Wellington, but I think it needs more time in the cellar. The Brian Benson seems to be much more drinkable right now, and will probably do well being cellared as well. So if someone gave me the choice between the two to drink right this instant, I'd go with the BB. But, as TMR is now famous for saying, YMMV.
Now, I'm not quite sure why you'd want to compare this to a Zin, since, y'know, they're different grapes...
Hope this helps!
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