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Wine Recommendation

Ortman Family Syrah

Ortman Family Vineyards

2003 Syrah
(San Luis Obispo County)

A blend of Syrahs grown in Paso Robles (72 percent) and Edna Valley (28 percent) vineyards, this tasty wine combines warm and cool climate grown fruit. The wine was cold-soaked for four days with a full rack and return prior to and halfway through fermentation in small, open top fermenters, then aged in French oak (40 percent new) for 13 months.

This tasty Rhone red offers vivid blackberry, black cherry and plum flavors and aromas with notes of leather, game and earth. The lengthy fruit and spice finish will lure you back for another sip. This food friendly wine is a good choice whether it’s simply barbecue night or if you’re roasting duck breast or lamb chops. At just $20.00 retail, it’s a very good value.

Reviewed August 13, 2006 by Kathy Marcks-Hardesty.

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The Wine

Winery: Ortman Family Vineyards
Vintage: 2003
Wine: Syrah
Appellation: San Luis Obispo County
Grape: Syrah / Shiraz
Price: 750ml $20.00

Review Date: 8/13/2006

The Reviewer

Kathy Marcks-Hardesty

Kathy Marcks Hardesty is the former Tasting Coordinator for Wine Spectator magazine. She prefers wines that exhibit classic varietal characteristics, regional identity, and the depth and balance to make a good meal great. She’s just as enthusiastic about sharing news of those rare, value-priced wines of good quality. Despite her past association with wine critics, she doesn’t assign numbers to wines, save in her memory (old habits die hard). She prefers writing descriptive reviews that whet the palate and leaves the final score to her readers.