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Daily Glass: 2008 Block 2 Syrah by B2 Cellars

Just to finish the story on 2007 Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 140 – I did try that wine over the next two days, with expectation that as the wine will age in the open bottle (of course the bottle was not standing open, the air was removed using one of my favorite accessories, Vacu Vin Pump. Unfortunately, aging process didn’t help the wine to become balanced – alcohol, tannins and fruits all were standing on their own, refusing to meld.  Therefore, the 7- is the final word on that wine. And now, let’s talk about totally different wine experience.

2008 Block 2 Syrah by B2 Cellars, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Syrah wines from Washington have almost cult status for me. They are usually quire rare in the stores in new Jersey and Connecticut, where I usually buy the wines, they are typically are somewhat on a pricey side, at the same time they usually taste great. I got this one as I was intrigued by the description in the Stew Leonard’s wine store in New Jersey, which said that it was an amazing find and the wine which typically cost $70 is offered at $19.99. So I decided to give a try. And I’m glad to report I was very happy I did! After my expectations were set, I also decided to use an appropriate Syrah glass, which you can see in the picture. The wine was great from the get go. It opened up with a beautiful nose of white pepper, leather and tobacco ( all characteristics of the good Syrah wines). On the palate, the wine was as beautiful, with all the same aromas complemented by earthiness, acidity and soft round tannins (needed some time to breathe first), very balanced. This wine is perfectly drinkable now, and will improve of the next 5-10 years ( or may be more – I still keep experimenting with my level of success in prediction of age-worthiness of the wines – but I would love to set this experiment up and report back in 5 and then in 10 years :)). All in all, Block 2 Syrah happened to live up to the store description and my expectations, which doesn’t happen all that often. And now, the verdict:

Drinkability: 8

Get a case for yourself and enjoy!

  1. Karen Murdle
    August 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I went to a wine tasting at the Stew Leonard in Yonkers, New York and fell in love with the 2008 Block 2 as well. It’s on longer for sale there and my boyfriend and I have been trying to buy it online-but no luck yet. Do you know we we can buy a few bottles? We might even get a case if the price is right!



    • talkavino
      August 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Karen,

      the problem is that Stew Leonard’s does a lot of private label wines – the only way to get it is to talk to the people in the store – only they will be able to tell you if they can get the wine or may be (but highly unlikely) who is the original winemaker.

      Good luck!

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