Feudo Arancio, Syrah, 2005
Feudo Arancio cultivates its own grapes on two large estates along the windy south coast of Sicily. They have about 1,500 acres of estate vineyards are planted in single varietal fields in order to offer 100% single varietal wines as their final product. Their modern wine facility produces a large quantity of every day, single variety wines, at very affordable price. Last year I reviewed their 2004 Nero d'Avola, that is indigenous Sicily. This time we are drinking the 2005 Syrah that is a medium bodied, easy drinking red that is a major divergence form the "fruit-bomb" Aussie Shiraz that are so popular. This wine has a medium dark red color with good clarity and translucency. On the nose is ripe strawberry and cheery with a hint of earth and spice. The flavors are those of cooked berry compote with plums, chocolate, leather and some dusty minerality. The wine is smooth and soft with a touch of pepper on the finish. We enjoyed this Syrah with some Sicilian Stuffed Mushrooms. This wine is available at Washington State Liquor stores for about $8.