Pasterick – 2006 Dry Creek Valley Estate Syrah

September 6, 2011

The Facts:

Pasterick of Dry Creek Valley is a small family run operation that focuses their efforts on Syrah. In addition to their flagship wine they also make a tiny amount of Rosé. Visitors to their winery are welcome by appointment. Check their website for more specific details.

The Pasterick 2006 Dry Creek Valley Estate Syrah was produced from fruit grown on their hillside vineyards in the heart of DCV. This offering is 100% Syrah. After hand harvesting and fermentation this wine was aged in 400 liter French oak puncheons for a period of 3 years. 350 cases of this wine were produced in standard 750 ml bottles as well as an additional 12 cases of magnums. This Syrah sells for $48.

Gabe’s Take:

I’ve long been a believer that Syrah could be a huge varietal for Dry Creek Valley. While there are certainly a handful of producers working with this grape there, it’s really a fringe player these days compared to Zinfandel and the like. A few however have made Syrah a large part of what they’re doing, or in the case of Pasterick, the very essence of who they are. With that in mind I relished the opportunity to taste their current vintage.

Violet, plum and blackberry lead the dark and brooding nose of this 2006 Syrah. A core of spices punctuates the dark fruits providing a counterbalance. Red and black cherry flavors are both dominant throughout the palate along with plum pudding spices. Black raspberry emerges as well. Smoked meats black pepper and cardamom are part of the finish along with a closing wallop of chocolate Bosco syrup that provides a satisfying and sweet finale. This is a big, bold Syrah that opens with intensity and carries it through a multi-layered palate and continues it through a persistent, and impressive finish loaded both power and grace.

This Syrah from Pasterick, is a fine example of what can be achieved in Dry Creek Valley with this classic Rhone varietal. More and more folks seem to be growing some and experimenting with it on some level. It’s good to see a producer that dedicates itself to this grape so fully.


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