Top 10 Syrah
Wine & Spirits
Over the prior 12 months, Wine & Spirits tasted 261 syrahs. Montemaggiore was one of wines receiving the strongest praise! It received 92 points, and was rated top 10 Syrah of the year.
This [2003 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah] wine shows its refinement when first poured, with a violet perfume, fresh blueberry flavors and tannins as ferrous as an iron skillet—it grows on a steep, south-southeast facing hillside in reddish, rocky soil with lots of iron. That tight bristle of tannin doesn't relent until the wine has been open for at least two days, when the elegance extends past the tannins as they soften into a firm density. A lovely, expressive syrah, this needs several years in the cellar before serving with quail stuffed with pancetta, roasted in a brick oven.