RKS 2023 Wine: Washington State Syrah from Chateau Ste Michelle

Aroma: Rich blasts of black fruit predominate especially blackberry.

Palate: Rich on the nose rich on the palate. Again blackberry plays the leading role. The finish is of moderate length. Tannins are just above smooth.

Personality: Simply being “rich” and full bodied is not enough. I have identifiable black fruit. In other words I not only have muscles but character too! But honestly I need a bit more complexity. You can easily sip me and while food and wine are the best of bed fellows in my case it is not a must.

Food match: Black bean, organic sweet potato and corn chili offers a bit of sweetness that might match the black fruit of the wine. There is no chili is my chilli!

Cellarbility: Will happily cruise into 2025 and soften just a tad.

Price: $20.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 90/100. Wine Enthusiast 89.  

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2019 Columbia Valley Syrah, Chateau Ste Michelle, Patterson, Washington, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 949651, 750 mL, 13.5%

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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