This is both the first wine from Blackstone and the first Syrah I have tried.
Blackstone wine is not particularly pricey but it is very good. I think this bottle was about $9.00.
First impressions, I don’t know if all Syrah is this way but the one from Blackstone is a very soft red wine. It opens with a little kick but mellows quickly with a long, smooth finish. Think dark fruit and smooth coffee.
Blackstone Syrah is an easy drinking wine that causes the bottom of the bottle to appear all too quickly.
You may have noticed that I review a lot of red blends of which Syrah is often a key ingredient. In the blends it can be difficult to isolate the individual varietals but tasting the Syrah by itself I can now recognize it as the predominate flavor in many of the blends that I really like.
Incidentally, Syrah is made from the exact same grape as Shiraz. I reviewed a Shiraz awhile back and, if my memory serves, Xavier said it was crass (the wine, not my review). I see now that crass is an accurate description. Shiraz wears sunglasses indoors and swears in front of children. Syrah speaks in complete sentences and reads books that have more words than pictures.
I don’t know why Syrah isn’t more popular. In fact, Blackstone is the only option for Syrah at my neighborhood store, and maybe that says more about the store than the varietal, but I would love to see more options nonetheless.
If you know of any good ones, please leave your recommendations in the comments section below.