Michael David Sixth Sense Syrah
Syrah, as noted in here frequently, is one of my very favorite grapes in a wine, though Petite Syrah (quite different) is one of my least, though that is perhaps because I have not yet moved into the idea of storing the wine. I admire the density of taste, the mouth feel and most of all, the rich flavor, though it never seems to me clunky ala the Cabs. At some point, perhaps when the HSC reaches 50, I will go back through and do some statistics (another enjoyable pastime of mine) and see which varietal shows up most often. I fully expect that blends will show up in there the most, but with the introduction of Syrahs, my wine consumption has certainly taken a turn and developed since I first started drinking wine regularly.
As to this particular wine, it is another fine example of the huge power-packed punch that Syrah can provide, all while maintaining its characteristic smoothness. This is a rich wine, with quite a lot of staying power, but all the while, it remains quite drinkable. It actually is a blend itself, with a degree of Petite Syrah and Petite Verdot, though those are mainly for grace notes. The real star is the Syrah, which here has notes of berry and some other darker tones.
It is also slightly higher in alcohol, so it does better with more air time. I like about half an hour to start, with the subsequent refills being gorgeous and velvety, but you can reduce that time, if you can’t wait and this delicious and succulent wine is difficult to back-burner, but it’s well worth it, if you can.
I’ve never seen this on SPA and at $17, it approaches the upper edge of cost, but it is a fantastic enough wine that I know I can always rely on it. For that reason, I’d say it’s more of a Mixed than Standard.