Varietal: 94% Syrah; 6% Petite Sirah
Region: Central Coast – California – USA
Cost: $10 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Flavors of blackberry and cassis make this wine pair well with pizza, burgers, and spicy kabobs.
My Review: More Syrah? Yep, that’s really happening. Another night without the wife being home meant another steak found its fate on my grill, which called for another bottle of big red wine. The Slammer Syrah from Big House had been looking at me funny for a few weeks, so I decided to give in and twist open its screwcap to see what all was going on in there.
A hint of purple was present in the glass, though not as much as previous Syrahs I had tried, and on the nose I got blackberry and notes of spice that I was expecting, though that didn’t make them any less enjoyable. Sipping on the wine brought forward nice juicy cassis notes and a meaty note on the finish that I’m finding I like more every time I find it.
Paired with my steak it was great, adding a touch of smoke to the grilled meat and the meaty finish going great with the actual meat. I would have liked to try this with some BBQ burgers as I think the tangyness of the sauce would be a great compliment to the wine as well.
Big House has once again offered up a wine that isn’t ground breaking, but also isn’t a disappointment. It’s a great value, and definitely one to look at for these last few days of using the grill before the weather permanently turns cold.