November Wine Saturday, November 17th, 2007
I like long legs. You know, those legs that start down at your attention, and inch all the way up to your imagination. Perhaps that is why I maintain a strict red penchant. Medium to full bodied, with long sultry legs, and a heady, strong libido; there is no liquid voice that compares to a sumptuous red wine. And even though it is no secret that a Cabernet is my defacto wine partner of choice (being the most sophisticated, virile, and satisfying of varietals) I simply must make room in my palette for the splendid Syrah and it is equally inviting descendant, the Petite Syrah (Durif).
Known as Syrah in France, Argentina, Chile and most of the United States , in South Africa, Australia, and Canada it is known as Shiraz. Its history reads like a torrid love affair filled with incestuous and violent undertones of Rhone (Francois), Rome, and the Crusaders. While the petite version holds great favor with my palette (a particularly exceptional example is Bogle Petite Syrah), I have, of late, been sampling the California Syrah. As such, this month I would like to share with you the impetuous 2005 Kendall-Jackson Syrah ($12).
I say impetuous for its bold and hasty black current splash that has no sense of modesty upon first taste. Aged in both French and American oak, its backbone is slightly elusive yet intense, an unforgettable one night stand, yet not willing to give out all its secrets. Spicy and tart, paired extremely well with big flavors, like cheddar, a big fat steak in a mushroom demi-glaze, or a roasted rack of lamb. This bold and bodacious redhead welcomes savory competition and has very few inhibitions. You might even enjoy it with a juicy, messy, Paris Hilton hamburger. Or Perhaps with Paris herself.