A big nose of smoky, peppery, licoricey blackberries and violets introduce you to the 2017 Belharra Las Madres Syrah. Berries galore in the mouth, yet Syrah’s distinctive character is the star: bittersweet chocolate, smoked strip steak, leather handbag and anise. This cohesive, intense, “very Syrah” Syrah is a delicious, rich red wine. French oak aged…20% new. 14.5% alcohol.
From Belharra: “Sonoma had an ideal growing season in 2017, and Las Madres showcases a fantastically rich Syrah. Rendered fat and beef broth intensify the classic crushed violets on the nose. The richness and roundness continue on the pallet with elements of white pepper, cassis, and liquorice. Wrapped in the cool-climate olive tapenade characteristic of the Carneros, the broadness of this wine lingers through a long finish.”
Belharra, owned by Anne Fogerty (day job: Rivers Marie) and Camille Gaio (day job: Covert Estate), is a micro-winery based in Napa Valley yet making very little Napa wine. The skilly, passion and imagination in everything they can sort of be tasted in the wines. Visit their website and read about Anne, Camille and all the Belharra wines.
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