It's been a while since I have visited Castoro Cellars in Paso Robles so it was fun to find this particular offering at Trader Joe's in Hillcrest. With many pleasant memories of tastings and trips past I purchased a bottle and took it home. And a pleasure it was. This is not a big, overwhelming Syrah. Instead there is some subtly in this wine. The nose is loaded with anise, cherries, a touch of floral and spice scents and an undertone of earthiness. In the mouth, well, what you smell is what you get. The wine is medium bodied, smooth tannins, medium/(+) acidity, sour cherries and spice with a medium length finish with just a touch of heat at the end. Pleasant, fun, a little different than most from Paso Robles.
Number of wines reviewed in 2010: 138