The 2006 "The Fight Syrah" from Red Car Wine Company is a big, heavy-hitting, California Syrah sourced primarily from the Laetitia Vineyard in the Arroyo Grande valley. The wine is 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier and was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels.
This extremely dark and viscous Syrah has some really stunning aromas of brambly blackberry, blueberry, and boysenberry. If you search past the unbelievably jammy fruit aromas you can actually get a touch of barbecued meat and bacon fat notes too!
On the palate the wine is creamy and thick, but maintains a very nice balance and doesn't come across port-like or overly agglutinative. I get flavors of ripe cassis, blackberry jam, blueberry, melted black raspberry licorice, and just slight hints of smoke and pepper.
I really enjoy this wine because it's proudly California in style and is just loaded with up-front fruit flavors. It's wine that is just so dense and packed with deliciously ripe black fruits, that it's hard to imagine the wine will ever age or be diminished by time. It's a hedonistic experience and a wine to be enjoyed by the progressive palate and shunned by traditionalists. 91 points
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