The next thing we tasted was the Unionville Pheasant Hill Syrah 2012. Cameron makes his Syrah in the French fashion, adding a little bit of Viognier into the final blend. In Cotie-Rotie, the syrah and viognier grow right next to one another...and are often blended). The viognier adds a lovely touch to the nose, and adds some acidity and flavor to the wine. In this case 8% . This was a lovely wine with dark cherries, prunes, and plum very much as the forefront. A beautiful, Rhone-ish styled red. Lovely and elegant.
Unionville Pheasant Hill Syrah 2013 was a revelation!!! Beautiful cherry and blackbeery up front on the nose and on the palate. A hint of briar fruits backs up the wine, but the bright cherry dominates. This is a gorgeous wine. Firm, bright, fruity but well balanced. Impressive. A gorgeous wine.
A New Jersey Albarino? A New Jersey Counoise? Who wuld think up such things?
But Cameron Stark is thinking such things...and doing it...and impressing everyone.