Pours out dark purple and rich. Smell and taste crushed, ripe blueberries, lavender, fire-roasted leg of lamb, dark coffee, crushed black peppercorns, black currants, soy sauce, cocoa. 30 second finish gets more smoky and spicy (passilla pepper, clove). Sweet, ripe sensations, rich, medium acidity and smooth tannins. This, to my taste, is the best style of Syrah that California can offer: California ripeness with old-world style meaty/spicy/savory deliciousness.
Campesino Cellars is owned and made by husband/wife Griselda and Macario Montoya (Macario is the winemaker). They honor their Mexican heritage by naming their winery in honor of the Campesinos, the field workers (most of whom are Mexican) who tend to the majority of the vines in California Wine Country. The hands on their Syrah label are those of Griselda’s father Pablo Ceja, a career Campesino. The drawing is the work of Macario’s brother, Maceo Montoya. As you can see, Campesino Cellars is an extended family affair!
The wines, all Rhone-style, i.e. made from grapes of Rhone Valley, France origin, are consistently delicious, distinctive and fairly priced. As mentioned about the Syrah, they are “California style” wines made from cooler-climate grapes, thus paying heed to old-world wines. Best of both wine-worlds. Check out all the Campesino Cellars I’ve reviewed here.