This Napa blend starring main grape Syrah will make you think you stumbled upon something from the Rhône region. Talk about a heavenly balance!
Highflyer‘s Centerline 2009 blend has ripe aromas of black cherry fruit and cedar and vanilla spice on the nose. Gorgeous deep purple color. It has a lush and juicy palate of plum, cassis and licorice with notes of vanilla and caramel. There is a touch of spice and a smooth finish. And it has legs for days, if you’re into that type of thing.
Centerline refers to the winemaker’s attempt to create a well-balanced blend of 53% Syrah, 36% Petit Sirah, 8% Zinfandel and 3% Grenache. Syrah is known as a main blending grape in Southern France and it is somewhat surprising how well they were able to channel that aspect into this amazing blend. It smells like California on the nose with its bright, full fruit but it captured the essence of France on the palate. Well done! For those Napa red lovers out there, prepare yourself for something notable.
Priced moderately around $20 for a very fine quality red. This shows signs of aging beautifully and it would be wise to stock up for the future. Enjoy!