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Edmund St. John Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah 2012 – An Earthy Syrah with Lilac Notes

Edmund St. John, Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah 2012, El Dorado County, California, Wine Casual

Edmund St. John, Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah 2012, El Dorado County, California

Tasting Note: An earthy syrah with herbaceous, savory and lilac-and-dried flower notes.

Purple in color, this wine has a nose of forest floor along with musty, restrained raspberry and black plum.

On the palate the dry, medium-bodied syrah has medium-plus acidity with some light vanilla notes along with smoke and tar.

There is also tart blackberry and plum fruit with a backbone of medium-plus acidity.

Bottle Note: In 1987 a wine grower from a venerable domaine in Southern France visited our cellar and tasted a number of wines from the harvest just past. When he came to the one from my favorite vineyard his response was dramatic; he raised his nose from the glass, slowly rolling his eyes upward in reverie, he sighed and whispered, “la terre parle” (the earth speaks). If I have done well, when you taste this wine you may be similarly affected; this is a voice one longs to hear. As a winemaker, for me there is no other voice. -Steve Edmunds.

Rating: 92 points
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.1%
Tasted: International Wine Center, New York, New York
Tasting Date: May 24, 2016

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