2005 DuNah Vineyard & Winery Red Wine Montre Syrah / Sangiovese Mendocino 750ml 2-Pack
This is a delightful three vineyard blend of predominantly Syrah and Sangiovese with small amounts of old-vine Carignane and Gewurztraminer. 2 1/2 years in the barrel!
Color: deep, dark and purple.
Aromas: Leap out of the glass even as it is being poured. The fruit profile on the nose is one of red fruits, especially and profoundly berry and cherry, speaking directly to the Sangiovese component.
Palate: The predominant Syrah provides the backbone. The Sangiovese provides the fruit, the Carignane the cocoa and spice, and the Gewurztraminer comes through with a civilizing hint which smoothes out the tastes. The palate has surprising power, building after a rich, fairly soft entry, rising in textural and tactile sensation to a layered, mouth-coating finish of chocolate-covered cherries and caramel/toffee with hints of coffee on the late finish. The acid and tannin balance are perfect throughout, and should remain so for years.
2006 DuNah Vineyard & Winery Red Wine Montre Syrah / Sangiovese Mendocino 750ml 2-Pack
Ripe and darker-berry/cherry fruit greet the nose, with hints of boysenberry leather and fresh blueberries being slowly rendered down on the stove. The palate enters with a more Sangiovese-driven cherry greeting and fine-grained tannins reaching out to meet the firm acidity. Syrah takes over the mid-to-late palate with a deeply layered, almost caramelized richness that moves back to the dark fruit seen in the aromas. The finish is one again of a new marriage of tannin and acid, giving a mouth-watering impression of another great marriage: this wine with rich, flavorsome foods!