I like wine, and a lot of my posts are positively slanted toward my reviews. However, there comes a time when I drink something–often that has had a rave review–that I tend not to like. This is one of those times. And rather than label this as a “What not to drink” post, I admit, it might just be me.
On the heels of drinking a very good Côte-Rôtie, I opened a Zaca Mesa 2008 Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley (14.5%). I also recently described my love of the Santa Barbara region, and so I thought, this might be a no brainer pick. It wasn’t.
The $21.99 wine drank like a cherry cough syrup that had been soaking in fake oak. The pepper–doused with a heavy hand–finished each drink. Had I been hunting with the flu (eating beef jerky and downing it with said cough syrup) this would have been the same experience as drinking the wine.
The other dislike of the day, and I admit it pains me more than the Syrah, is the 2010 Brooks’ Riesling from Willamette Valley ($17.99). This is the wine that brought me into to the store to buy Brooks wine in the first place, and while I loved, loved, loved the elegant Pinot Noir sampled a few days ago, this one just didn’t do it for me. At 11.5% abv, I was looking for a dry, refined Riesling in a style I love of its German counterparts. But the highly acidic (which is good) prevalently sweet green apple taste of a Jolly Rancher candy bite (which is not good in my opinion–but don’t get me wrong; it is a dry wine), make me rethink Riesling from places other than Germany and Austria (I do have an upstate New York Riesling on my shelf that I’m keeping my eye on, however, so stay tuned).
Try if you like, but on my shelf these wines nevermore will go.
(But please take the poll below to help me give these wines a second chance).