Varietal Composition: 50% Syrah, 50% Bonarda
Dark reddish/purple color. Intense aroma of black raspberries. This medium-bodied, very lively wine has loads of ripe red plum and black raspberry flavors with a slightly spicy character and a long, juicy finish.
Certainly enjoyable in its youth, but will age beautifully. A fun wine to try with a wide range of red wine-friendly foods.
"The 2006 Syrah-Bonarda contains 50% of each component. It was also aged for nine months in French and American oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Purple-colored, it delivers an alluring nose of baking spice, blueberry, plum, and black raspberry. On the palate it is medium-bodied with loads of spicy dark fruit, a forward personality, good balance, and a pure finish. It too may be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years."
It saddens me to write this as I think all of the Crios selections are phenomenal wines at their price. However, this blend just didn't impress me. It tasted like Welch's grape juice.
Beautifully balanced between the Shiraz and the Bonarda grapes.
Charbono is one of my favorite varietals, but nearly impossible to find these days. I was delighted to see this wine, a blend of charbono (under one of its many pseudonyms), hoping it would taste better than i expected, given that i didn't think charbono and syrah would necessarily complement each other. Sadly, my suspicions were confirmed. The wine was simply nondescript. It wasn't bad, it wasn't good, it wasn't much of anything. And worse, we drank it with some indian food (curried potatoes and saag paneer), which brought out strong menthol and fake-grape in the finish as the wine had some time to breathe. Maybe it would shine paired with some other food, but there's enough other wine in the world that i won't bother with this one again.