Apologies for the photo – it was a normal size wine glass.
Dark purple, no rim, lots of legs (14%), a sweet vanilla nose leading to a dry long complex taste – tangy and smokey – with balancing acidity. Benefitted from being served cool.
I got as far as syrah, New World, but couldn’t get the country because, as you may have guessed from the blog title, hardly any syrah is grown in California. No doubt considerably less is exported. I can’t recall trying one before.
From MWW, about £16 (six bottle price), one of their ‘small parcel’ range. An excellent drink – recommended – but now sold out online.
[Geoff: I greatly enjoyed the Cline, layered, delicate fruit with a drying finish; Northern Rhone in style. This difference between the bigger, fruitier Syrahs from hotter climates and the lighter, restrained styles is recognised by the wines’ marketeers – hence the label. Each style has its adherents. Cline wines are also stocked by Tanners at Shrewsbury.]