A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"


Kenneth Crawford Syrah “Four Play” 2006

May 4th, 2010

Syrah is my favorite varietal in Santa Barbara County, and I found another winner. It’s easy to find great wines that cost over $40 a bottle; but when you find a delicious wine at $21 that’s a home run.

Kenneth Crawford Syrah

Kenneth Crawford Syrah

This wine is a big meaty Syrah with plenty of fruit and a strong backbone. This deep ruby red wine is rather young, so decanting can help open the wine and reveal its complexities. No need for fancy decanters, just pour the wine into a water pitcher. The wine exhibits some typical Syrah flavors…dark berries counterbalanced with earthy spices and pepper. It is a big wine with some tannins that will help it age for many years; but the tannins are well integrated making it drinkable today. The rich fruit and spices are nicely balanced with a vibrant acidity making this wine robust yet very smooth. In other words, this wine rocks and I’m buying more!

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