This is an excellent wine from estate vineyards hugging the slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma County. In candlelight it would be indistinguishable from black in the glass. It is a rich, full bodied, dark and brooding Syrah. Dry as a bone, minerals, dark fruit, nice finish. One of those wines that makes you wish it wasn't gone.
This classic Syrah is comprised of 100% Bugay Vineyards estate fruit. The vines are grown in decomposed, volcanic soils, which we believe impart a sensual earthiness. This wine is a blend from fruit grown on 4 premium Syrah clones. The aromas are extraordinary and reflect the black plum, mocha, bacon and spicy cardamom characteristics found in this wine. Aged for 20 months in new, Louis Latour, French oak barrels, this wine will continue to mellow and become even more delicious with proper cellaring. The combination of bright fruit, spice, and mineral flavors found in this wine pair deliciously with lamb, game dishes and hearty stews.
I'm not sure about that whole bacon thing, but if you take just a sip and you let it slip away, there is just the tiniest bit of Southern BBQ at the edge. Maybe that's what they mean.
The Bugay Syrah drinks nicely now, but will cellar well for at least another decade.
We served the wine with mesquite grilled New York steak, sweet potatoes, & Mrs TWC's spinach salad.