A rich, strong, full-flavored Syrah that still has a definite Northern Rhone-style smoky, spicy side. Blueberry sauce, dark chocolate, black and white pepper, black olives, lavender and tarragon. A whistle of acidity on the mid palate is very nice. Modest tannins, spice throughout and a prolonged finish of berry liqueur and smoke and toasty barrel. This is superb wine to have with braised beef short ribs. Picked in late October, very mature and ripe. 5% frozen Viognier added to partially destemmed grapes to prolong a cold soak before fermentation began.
I highly recommend you get to know the three labels under the Cochon “umbrella.” They are Cochon, Odisea and Élevé. They are all made by, and co-owned by, Adam Webb. Take a look at the Cochon website and make a trip to Sonoma to taste in their wine bar. Speaking of which…
Members of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor are VIPs at Cochon Wines. Members receive up to two complimentary wine-flights per visit (one flight for Member, one for Member’s guest). See the Winery VIP Tastings Page for more information and all participating wineries.
Here are all the Cochon wines I’ve reviewed