Recent Uncorkings: Bacon in Your Glass

Posted by | Posted in Wine Reviews, Wine Where? | Posted on 01-26-2011

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Swirl it and take a big whiff.  It smells. Like. BACON. According to the winemaker, you may also get hints of “blueberry, dark fruit, smoke, black licorice, spices with hints of rasperry and dark cherry. ” But personally, I pick up distinctive aromas of delicious pork product.

Take a sip.  There is a certain earthiness that resembles the gritty, yet rich taste of…potato skins.  Not kidding.

Now, I’ve never been to Idaho, but my experience of this wine matches up perfectly with how I’d imagine the terroir of the state.  Sawtooth Syrah is a savory, slightly spicy, and authentically pleasant wine from the unexpected state of Idaho. It’s a great sipping wine after a long day, especially if you want to forget about said long day — it’s 14.9% alcohol.  It would also be good with grilled meats (bacon-wrapped filet anyone?) or a big baked potato. :)

Details of Sawtooth Syrah

Blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Viognier

Retails between $8-16 depending on vintage and where you get it. A small price to pay for the smell of bacon in your glass.

Available in DC at Whole Foods on P Street, Whole Foods in Arlington, and Modern Liquor on 9th and P NW.

Comments (3)

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  2. I love bacon but have never truly smelled or tasted it in a wine although others have referenced it. I eat a lot of bacon. Potato skins on the other hand is a dead give away for Chinon. Not Cabernet Franc but Chinon.

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