Martha Clara Vineyards2002 Syrah, Estate
(North Fork of Long Island)
Martha Clara Vineyards’ 2002 Syrah ($20) is a pleasant example of cool-weather Syrah and nothing like the fruit bomb, jammy Shiraz you find down under.
The nose is a bit shy at first but still complex, with blackberries, pie spices and toasty-earthy back notes. Medium-bodied on the palate, this is a prime wine for food because of its well-balanced profile, which brings some fruitiness together with soft, round tannins and spices that are sure to complement a wide array of cuisines.
Syrah is relatively rare on Long Island, so this wine is interesting just for that fact. Drink over the next few years.
Reviewed February 3, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.
Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,