2005 Santa Ema Syrah: Smooth, but tasted manufactured over the long haul
this chilean was smooth, no dispute about that. it was the flavor that i questioned. while greg liked it, i thought this was a wine that almost refused to evolve -- it was like that person at the party who is constantly pleasant, without showing any of their witty depths. that said, there was nothing really wrong with this wine. it just didn't change much over the two or so hours we had it open. 14 percent alcohol. sahara mart in bloomington.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.