Catoctin Breeze Vineyard 2015 Syrah

91 points

Spicy, tar-tinged nose with red cherries, sassafras, grilled woody herbs and vanilla. Complex and medium-bodied, the palate shows bright red cherries, tar, black pepper, more grilled herbs and spicy oak. Borders on too much oak for me personally, but toes the line due to a nice bit of freshness that combines with medium tannins to create great structure that should serve this wine well for many years.

Best on day three open, you might want to decant this one for a few hours if you're going to drink it anytime soon.

Producer: Catoctin Breeze Vineyard
Region: Maryland
Blend: 100% Syrah
Production: 44 cases
ABV: 13.57%
Price: $34

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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