Domaine De Saint-Antoine Syrah 2009

Total wine and more: $9.99

Aaron: I was very impressed with this wine.  I made a Cajun shrimp dish for dinner and was seeking something to stand up to it – this wine did so without wrecking the taste buds!  The nose started off earthy and nutty but adapted into fruity flavors.  Overall it was bold, rich and full which admittedly earned some bonus points.  Unlike most of my wine adventures (when I either enjoy the nose or enjoy the taste), I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor of this Syrah.  I seek out the bolder wines but normally am disappointed when the stronger tannins lead to unnecessary peppery aftertastes.  This wine on the other hand featured strong berries in a slightly jammy setting.  The spice was limited and the uncharacteristically medium-bodied flavor was not as rich as the nose, but still enjoyable.  Of note, after a few sips I detected a nutty flavor at the beginning of the taste which was a pleasant predecessor to the fruits. 92 points

Teri: Sometimes the syrah varietal can be to bold or spicy to my taste, but this bottle had a warm balance. A bright fruit and earthy nose (fairly common for french wines) was nicely balanced by a medium bodied very long lasting raspberry flavor. The end trails with just a hint of spice. My only complaint was that the tannins were too full and rough for my preference leaving me with the urge to pucker my cheeks. Overall the wine was enjoyable but not my personal favorite. 84 points

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