22 February, 2010

Olson Ogden Stagecoach Syrah

Adventures in wine ARE all around!  Recently I was lucky enough to be invited along by Luscious Lush Thea to the Wine and Wishes event on Treasure Island.  How did I not know about this?  It is a fabulous event put on by the Make-A-Wish people to benefit the programs that fulfill wishes for sick children.  Not that I need a good cause to drink up, but when it's for the kids,...well.  Not only was a veritable gauntlet of tony noshes and bites... too many to mention.  And we got to see (and by see, I mean taste)  many of our favorites from all over Nor Cal.  But the real adventures came when the Tipsy Twins started to hit the Silent Auction.  With a ton of wonderful offerings, temptation struck and we bid on like 6 things.  Thankfully for Mr. Visa, we were outbid on everything.  But one thing we were committed to, we won ( I will be silent on whether my pit boss-like stance and hockey-goalie-esque demeanor had anything to do with our winning bid). 

It was our good fortune to come away with the '07 Olson Ogden Syrah, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa, California.  I opened a bottle this weekend and I was even more delighted.  Dark in the glass, the aromas evoked blackberries and spice.  With pleasant tannins that tickled the top of my mouth, and flavors of black cherry, cigar box, anise, it evolved over time to even tastier dark fruits and spice.  Yum!  At $52 dollars, it may sound a little pricey, but for a small production single vineyard Syrah from Napa, it actually seems like a very good deal. And for us?  It was all for the kids!
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