(KCBS) – KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David reviews a Syrah from a brand new winery in Solano County.

2007 Rock Wren Syrah
Solano County, Green Valley

Deep, rich crimson, purple color with a seductive aroma of ripe blackberries and a kind of forest floor earthiness. What a lovely mouthful of wine. Lots of fruit – certainly this is a fruit forward wine, lush on the palate. Plenty of acidity for balance, and yes, balance also requires tannins. Soft, supple tannins give that balance. Only 300 cases were made at a tiny, two-acre vineyard, tended totally by its owner Dennis De Romenico. That means the priming and the weeding and the thinning and irrigating, and of course the tractor work. A classic commitment to the grapes from the field to the bottle. An impressive Syrah at a really fine price. $24.00.

Rock Wren Winery
650 Alvarado Rd, Berkeley, CA 94705

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades.

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