Run, don’t walk, to your favorite wine store to buy Buried Cane 2007 Syrah. If you hurry, and you are lucky, you can pick up one of the last bottles available of this exceptional Washington Syrah.
A lot has been written about the glut of Washington Syrah on the market but a wine makers’ sorrow is a Syrah lover’s joy. Some excellent Syrah has been released under second labels at drastically reduced prices. Buried Cane Winery is the second label winery of the Middleton Family Wines, which produces prestigious Cadaretta Wines. The Buried Cane 2007 Syrah is actually declassified Syrah, picked for Cadaretta Wines. This is some pretty fruit in this wine from some of the best vineyards, including Pepper Bridge. The composition is 80% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise, 4% Grenache, 3% Sangiovese. Cadaretta Wines retail in the high $20-40 range but if you can find any left you can buy a tasty and complex Syrah for only $9.99.
This dark purple Syrah is intensely aromatic with raspberry, beef jerky, bacon, clove, cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of cherry. Plush with dusky plum, cherry flavors this Washington wine also shows spice and black pepper notes. This is a full bodied wine with substantial, yet smooth tannins. The lengthy finish has a hint of black licorice, a bit of bark and rich black earth. A lot of complexity in the glass for this bargain wine.
Unfortunately, I am coming late to this party. Ken’s Wine Guide reviewed this wine in February and Wine Peeps gave it their highest QPR rating of 5 in June. I just tasted this wine with Brian Rudin, Winemaker, at a complementary tasting at Wine World. Wine World sold out of their supply of Buried Cane Syrah during the tasting. Brian told me the last 10 cases of the Buried Cane 2007 Syrah were sold this afternoon from their Walla Walla location, before he could stash a couple of cases for himself. Brian believes that there are still some bottles left on store shelves. Do you have any in your neighborhood?