Hug Cellars – Cedar Lane Vineyard, Arroyo Seco Syrah 2005 – California
This full-bodied behemoth of a wine has an amazing nose of charred embers, smoked meat, cedar, and awesome blackberry pie notes with just a touch of peppery spice. The great velvety texture is to die for, and the wine just gets more aromatic over dinner. A beautiful rich wine that just seems to grow on you. It is amazing how ripe a syrah from California can be, yet even more enchanting is its lasting impression. Hug Cellars— I’m a believer; whenever I see Hug Cellars on a store shelf, I’m a buyer. This is the second label I’ve had of this wine, and they really have some great fruit and great wine-making coming out of their vineyard.