April 2nd, 2007
Ummm Ummm good.
This is an exciting wine. Complex, yet “Simple and True”. It’s an inside joke within my family to call a wine “Simple and True”. I believe the story is that my Dad encountered some weird wine snob at a winery out west, who had several meaningless terms to describe a wine.
Anyway, I tried the Babcock Black Label Syrah in Chicago at a small wine shop called Que Syrah during a wine tasting. Be careful though, they have decorative plates placed throughout the store. We lightly bumped in to one, sending it shattering into little pieces.
This 2002 Syrah is a dark red-purple with lots of legs. The nose is of dark cherries. It has a very spicy taste, smoky, with a long strong mouth filling finish. This Syrah is peppery throughout, full bodied and long lasting.
I found a really neat online publication showing a group touring the Babcock winery back in 2003. You can check it out here http://www.grape-nutz.com/visits/cc/03_05/journal.html#bab . Also, according to their website, http://www.babcockwinery.com/ourwines.html, it appears all of the 2002 has been sold out, which is no surprise.
Alcohol by Volume: ?
Purchase Location: Que Syrah, Chicago IL
Producer URI: http://www.babcockwinery.com
CorkReview.com Quick and Dirty:
Very complex, intense, and very wonderful.
Have you tried Babcock Black Label Cuvee 2002 Syrah? Let us know what you think