Wise Wine Review:

Rominger West Yolo County California Syrah 2005 (click for more info)
Taste Score = 8/10 Points
Enjoyability Score = 8.5/10 Points
Overall Score = 8.25/10 Points (Additional stats below)

Rominger West uses grapes from Yolo County Vineyards

You won't find gun slinging cowboys in this West. No Billy the Kid or Butch and Sundance here. Instead you will find great wine made a foundation of excellent grapes farmed from Yolo County, CA. This version of the West is produced by a small family-owned winery in Davis, CA called Rominger West Winery.

The story of the West:
"Rominger West Winery is a small, family-owned winery nestled in the quaint town of Davis, CA. At Rominger West, we are striving to build a sustainable business, integrating the production of artisan wines with our responsibility to the community, care for the environment, and support for the economic viability of rural Yolo County. We are pursuing these goals through the use of sustainable farming practices, an emphasis on local conservation, reuse of resources, and a long term focus on the impacts of our actions. Sustainable farming increases the biodiversity in our vineyard soils, improves the health of the vines and produces more flavorful grapes."

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Vintage Info:
"A medium bodied, elegant Syrah with dark fruit and earthy aromas, silky, ripe fruit and black pepper flavors on the palate, and a long sweet finish. This is a versatile wine that you will enjoy with a wide variety of foods now, and which will benefit from few months of bottle aging." �Rominger West

Recommended Food Pairing:
I would consider this wine flexible and friendly towards most food. It would compliment peppered red meats, sausage, stews, and barbecue exceptionally well.

My only words of caution- Avoid pairing this wine with fish... this pairing is not a good idea!

Producer: Rominger West
Vintage: 2005
Varietal: Syrah
Appellation: Yolo County, California
Residual Sugar: N/A
pH: N/A
Production: N/A
Alcohol %: 14.5
Aging: N/A
Cost: $20/bottle (Get your own bottle!)

Wine Whore Score:

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My Wild West Sensory Experience...

To the eye:
Brilliant shade of cherry red shines like a ruby.

To the nose:
Cherries bathed in alcohol mixed with a bouquet of fresh cut flowers.

On the tongue:
Round supple fruity Syrah slowly says goodbye with a long refreshing kiss.

For less than $20, this is a great tasting wine. Enjoyable and fun, this wine is comparable to many of its more expensive Syrah counterparts. One taste, and you'll see how sustainable farming translates into a supple Syrah enjobable from first sip to final drop.

Get yourself a bottle and experience the West firsthand!


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Kort said...

Wonderful descriptives really make this review sparkle!

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Kort! Thank you for stopping by... really glad you enjoy the reviews and descriptions! :)


whineaux said...

It should be noted that Davis is also home of UC Davis, one of if not THE leading vitaculture program in the United States. (oh yeah and my alma mater)

The Wine Whore said...

You are absolutely correct! I did not know that was your alma mater... that explains your excellent taste in wine and food!


joeshico said...

Another nice review Randy. I am going to have to write this one down. Between your excellent reviews and my recently found fondness for many of the Finger Lakes reds, I am running out of room in the wine fridge.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you very much Joe! It sounds like we both need bigger wine fridges... or we'll just need to drink more! :) I guess there are worse problems to have. I actually know very little about Finger Lakes reds... I look forward to catching more of your excellent suggestions!


Sara Popken said...

Thanks for a great review, Randy. Glad you enjoyed it!

Whineaux: I'm a UC Davis grad, as well. Aggie pride!

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Sara,

The pleasure was all mine... literally! :)


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