The Salut! Wine Club

It’s almost unfair how Owen Roe maintains a run of consistently great wines.  We’ve had a lot of great vintages around here, but to many wineries it must seem like the discovery of Owen Roe wines is alike the discovery of that kid in class who effortlessly skews the bell curve up.  I recently tasted the entire line of Owen Roe’s current releases to find the one that most impressed this year.  There were plenty, and two more releases will probably make this club’s selections later in the year.  But it’s time to feature this wine, never before sold at Salut!  This Lady Rosa Syrah release follows two vintages each rated 93 points by Wine Spectator.  This year the reviewer writes:

The Lady Rosa label

The Lady Rosa label

“Owen Roe Lady Rosa Syrah 07 has totally lush scents of candied violets, sweet blackberries, and bacon fat waft from the glass. Super juicy yet sweet blackberries mingle with hints of clove, anise, and ginseng on the complex finish. The Lady Rosa 07 marries fantastic density of fruit with brightness from the acidity. Remarkable balance for such a big wine–expect it to age gracefully.”

 My notes were similarly focused on the dense candied notes of berry, along with a flowing chocolate note.  The “expect it to age gracefully” note shouldn’t be overlooked…I recommend buying a few bottles and waiting about 2 years to drink it.  The candied notes will taper as the savory notes come forward, with a silky texture developing as time passes.  It will be infinately worth the wait, but it drinks wonderfully now against something savory with some heat spice in the background.

This wine is available at Salut! Wine Outlet for $41.99, or available to wine club members for only $35.69!

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Wine Info Links

Check out Owen Roe’s Website, new and massively improved over the old site!
Read about the namesake Irish patriot (and be glad they still don’t spell his name the same way)
Tablas Creek winery did a great one-page summary about Syrah
You can’t drop in at the winery in St. Paul, Oregon, but you can go to the St. Paul Rodeo!
Yes, there was a Lady Rosa with an interesting history as well

Great Food Pairings

Smother ribs with Dancer’s Chipotle BBQ Sauce from then slow cook them at 250 degrees for about 8 hours!
Jerk Chicken Stuffed with Bacon & Banana from The Bacon Show
Go casual with Hot Dog Chili Sauce from, and smother the dogs with black been chili & sharp cheddar cheese, too!

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