Thursday, February 11, 2016

2013 Kevin White Winery Syrah En Hommage for Valentine's Day

It seems like every other day, a new winery pops up in Washington state. At the encouragement of another wine lover, I got my hand on three bottles of Kevin White reds, all 2013 vintage: La Fraternité Red (a GSM blend), En Hommage (Syrah), and Reserve Red Wine (Syrah and Mourvèdre)

I've been on a Syrah kick lately and decided to open up the En Hommage despite being in the tail-end of a way-too-long cold.

Day One
The wine has a deep and youthful garnet color. The nose is rather light. Perhaps still tight. Or more likely my cold is getting in the way. Mouthfeel is full and luscious. Tannins are structured and well-integrated. Acidity is low. Finish is long with a tinge of cocoa and spice. Ummm... there is something about a good Washington Syrah and chocolate. Why am I out of chocolate?

Day Three*
The nose has opened up - some rubber, a hint of plum. Mouthfeel remains full and luscious. Tannins and acidity are more alive. Finish remains long with cocoa, spice, and some leather.

My Verdict: Great wine under $30 for Valentine's Day, whether with filet mignon or chocolate later. Decant first.

Price: $28

* I use the Sharper Image vacuum wine saver to keep the wine fresh after the bottle is opened.