As a kid, I used to love Tootsie Pops. I would allow the lollipop to slowly melt in my mouth, coating my tongue with rich, red fruit flavor until all that was left was the Tootsie Roll. Raspberry and cherry were my favorite flavors.
Last night’s 2009 Muscardini Cellars Unti Vineyards Syrah took me back to this childhood memory. I took my first sip and thought, “Wow! What a silky, luscious mouthfeel!” Then came the fruit: bold and spicy raspberry. I had only planned to sip a small glass prior to the Muscardini Cellars Tweetup, but I found myself drawn to this elixir. It was exquisite alone, but I decided to try it with my dinner, filet mignon with a basic chipotle, sea salt, garlic, and onion spice. The slightly spicy, salty beef held up beautifully to the big, juicy Syrah. I will remember this wine for a very long time: my grown-up, Tootsie Pop moment.
2009 Muscardini Cellars Syrah, Unti Vineyards
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Winemaker: Michael Muscardini
Sample graciously provided by My Preferred Wines
Price: $29.95 (My Preferred Wines); $32.00 (direct from Muscardini Cellars)
Cases produced: 224
Drink now or cellar 3-5 years