|The Snoqualmie Syrah in happier times.|
I had selected a 2001 Snoqualmie Syrah. According to my cellar software the wine was rated “drink/mature.” So, the question was whether the wine had “jumped the shark” or the tannins softened into a nice sipping experience.
Glorious T said it looked a little “sketch.” We decanted it through Vinturi into our decanter. All eyes became riveted to the bottle. Sloshing in the bottle was a healthy dose of sediment. The residue is bitter tasting but harmless. It’s created over time by the breakdown of pigments and tannins in the wine. It’s important to note that sediment can be found in great wine, so we still didn’t know exactly what we had. (Editor: the Snoqualmie wasn't from the Winery Insider case, but rather a dark recess of my wine cellar.)
|The Snoqualmie threw off quite a lot of sediment.|
I knew this was a possibility, so I had a standby wine ready to roll: 2005 White Oak Napa Valley Merlot. This was a good wine, the body was a little fuller and the approach stronger than the smooth Merlot I was expecting.
We also popped open a bottle of Cameron Hughes Lot 39 2005 Barossa Valley Shiraz, which was a selection from the Winery Insider case. This was a tasty number with a berry approach and pepper on the end. It opened up as we sipped and was the top rated wine of the night.
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