Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bridlewood 2007 “Six Gun” Syrah, Central Coast

Our hearts were captured by Bridlewood Estate Six Gun Syrah. It happened in their tasting room inside their picturesque Mission-style winery building.
This was our final stop on a whirlwind tour of Santa Barbara County wineries. We were on the verge of “palate fatigue” but were refreshed by the wonderful scenery and the rockin’ wines at Bridlewood.
We sampled a trio of outstanding estate Syrah. I lassoed a bottle of Six Gun as the finest of the three. It retails for $32, but is only available at the tasting room. This was a popular wine with special pricing for wine club members.
During a recent thaw in our winter weather, we decanted and enjoyed this bottle with tasting team members Glorious T and the Cabinator. It did not disappoint.
Perhaps because of images conjured up by the Six Gun name, this wine offered aromas of gunpowder and dusty leather saddles. On the palate this is full of dried fruit and toast with substantial tannins. It has bushels of dark fruit and a dash of pepper. Yeeehaw!
Six Gun offers nice Syrah complexity from a premier Santa Barbera County winery. The winery is one of the most picturesque in the country. If you can’t get there, do the next bet thing: sample a bottle of their Syrah.
I’ll be back at Bridlewood later this year during the Wine Bloggers Conference. There is a special catered lunch at Bridlewood to wrap up the conference. I intend to be there with Six Guns blazing!
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