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Black Swift Vineyards Monarch Vineyard Syrah
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Black Swift Vineyards Monarch Vineyard Syrah 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLike last year, this site offers up better acidity than most, along with less sugar. Long Road 2016 opens with a slightly reduced barnyard syrah nose with black licorice, black pepper, and summer sausage, with a shake of salty minerality. For the moment the acidity is pushing hard, but it should back off in time. I recommend bottle ageing for three to five years minimum. Rosemary rubbed leg of lamb is the one meat that can tame this beast at the moment. Long Road is a 100-acre vineyard at the northern extent of the Osoyoos Bench. It was planted in 1999 to clones 99 and 100, and is sustainably farmed at 3 tons to the acre.Tasted: 21 February 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 49.99 winery direct Producer: The HatchDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 659375