Bella 2003 Big River Ranch Syrah, Alexander Valley, Sonoma $35
Our last bottle of the Big Ranch Syrah that brings back memories of our New Year’s day trip to Sonoma where there was torrential rains and flooding (Jan 2, 2006). Stored at home in the cellar for almost 3 years, upon opening it was in great shape. Could easily go a few more years, but is likely peaking now through the next 6-12 months.
Color: Dark purple center, dark red/ruby edges
Nose: Chocolate, blackberry, bacon fat, subtle sweet oak
Palate: Exploding with layers of chocolate and black fruits like cherry and blackberry. Some bacon fat and a touch of sweet oak and ripe structured tannins finish it off.
Finish: Outstanding 60+ second finish! More of the above flavors that draw you back for another sip!