The 2009 Cassini Syrah from Cassini Cellars harkens back sweet memories of Napa Valley and its bold reds, but this 100% Syrah hails from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.
A spicy, almost floral nose full of currants (black, not red, of course) and blackberry, the kind of authentic licorice only Scandinavians know how to make, and hints of pepper. It’s got muscle behind it’s tannins but with finesses – it’s not gonna wallop you. This is a full-bodied red perfect for steak and lamb.
This wine’s definitely ready to enjoy now, but I would be very keen on seeing how it has developed over the next 2 to 5 years.
According to Cassini, the wine was aged for 14 months in new and 2 year old barrels, 80% French and 20% American.
The branding is a hit, with the clean layout and colors. Words like noble and regal spring to mind. This is most assuredly a Brandalicious wine. The price point may be a tad high for some, but in a region of Canada known for high wine prices, it’s worth the extra chunk of change on a special occasion, and outpaces other competitors in the same bracket. And with only 700 cases produced, though an increase from the mere 390 cases produced of the 2007 vintage, it still might be worth getting yours sooner rather than too late.
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