Friday, August 11, 2006

Aging Gracefully

Opened the second to last bottle of Finca El Retiro, Syrah, 2001 tonight. This was an incredibly good value when first bought at about 15 bucks a bottle, so I stocked up. The wine has held up okay over the last three years (these "medium" priced wines are not built for long term aging). It is a thoroughly pleasant medium weighted still juicy effort, still fairly tannic with decent length, but is starting to slowly slip down that slippery aging slope where not only will it not improve any more, but will fade.....
The verdict: still good.
Value: good enough that if you see this wine (any year), try it!!!

I will not be posting for two weeks....Cheers!!