We received this Third Stone Monterey County Syrah 2006 from California from one of our wine clubs. When Tom poured me a glass, I was quite taken with the nose. The aroma is strong and attention getting (and very pleasant). Ahhh, and the taste. . .simply lovely! This is a delicious, yummy wine! On the palate is wood, spice, and pepper. The finish is pepper and a bit of plum, but mainly pepper. I am very impressed with this wine. It’s been awhile since I have raved about a wine. I love it! (Tonight we are having a dinner of a sausage, potato, carrots, and sauerkraut stew. . . a German dish that is savory and comforting on a snowy, cold evening. This wine will hold up well against this spicy-hot dish.) I highly recommend this wine for anyone who loves a big, bold red. Mmmmmm!
Tom: I selected this Third Stone Monterey County Syrah 2006 on the guess that it would be on the spicy side to go with our sausage dinner. It’s very pleasant: fruit forward (cherries and berries), a bit spicy but not particularly so, and more soft than tannic. The combination is a very drinkable, big-fruit wine that is still big enough to stand up to our sausage dinner.