Twisted Oak Ferriere Vineyard Syrah 2002 Calaveras County is a mouthful of a name for a mouthful of a wine. I am a big fan of huge California Syrahs, and this one fits the bill very well. It is big, bold and exceptionally delicious. It is also beautiful in the glass. The color is an inky and impenetrable purple that spreads out to brilliant purplish red meniscus at the edges. You can tell just by looking at it that this wine has huge, concentrated flavors.
Your nose will concur with your eyes as big aromas of black cherry, raspberry jam, and baked warm dark fruit head up your nostrils and assault the pleasure centers of your brain. It smells like something that should be spread on toast, and it tastes like it would be delicious that way too.
This big fruit bomb is a wonderfully delicious jammy wine that is full of rich fruit. Boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry and black cherry all mix together to make your eyes roll back in your head with each sip (or mouthful in my case). After each sip, or mouthful, the finish lingers for a very long time. Imagine a cherry Tootsie Pop, but all grown up.
In case you were wondering, I loved this wine. In fact, as a huge fan of both California Syrah and the wines of Twisted Oak Vineyards this wine is right up my alley. This is exactly what I picture when I think of New World Syrah. It is nothing but huge, delicious fruit with little or no manipulation, just good wine.
Despite the fact that the folks at Twisted Oak Winery snubbed my chicken, I highly recommend giving their wine a try. We hope to have a bit more on Twisted Oak in the near future as well as, hopefully, an interview with the supremely twisted El Jefe, wine maker to the twisted.