I’ve been wanting to try a Griffin’s Lair Syrah for quite a while. If you’re a cool climate Syrah aficionado you can’t have not heard of this vineyard. Set right on a hill in the southeastern end of the Sonoma Coast’s Petaluma Gap, it’s a vineyard that’s got some serious fruit and the price tag associated with that. Which, of course means that the wines that come out of this vineyard aren’t exactly cheap. Bedrock Wine Company makes one that isn’t too crazy expensive so I decided to go for it and buy one of Morgan Twain-Peterson’s creations.
And what a wine. The purity of fruit is spectacular with this wine. It’s got this incredible balance. The nose is bright, bright blackberry with some savory elements with minerality and floral aromas. There’s also a hint of bay laurel on this wine. The mid-palate is so perfect, I don’t know how else to describe it. Everything is in balance for my palate. The finish has this elegant dryness that’s far from overly present.
It’s a full and somewhat rich wine with great savory components. This wine begs for rich lamb dishes and stewed pork. I’m actually thinking that any Indian dishes would go perfectly with this wine. This wine could handle it.
Twain-Peterson continues to impress me with his deft hand with wines from varied vineyard sources. His wines have an honesty about them that reflect their origins.