Thursday, January 13, 2011

MICHAEL-DAVID 6TH SENSE SYRAH LODI 2007 AT TART


6th Sense Syrah

"I need a cocktail."  That's a common expression for many who are departing a tough day at the ol' salt mines, but one that's not heard too often from my wife.  So we stopped at Tart as we made our way through the thick evening traffic on Fairfax.  She was not as taken with the caramel apple-tini as she thought she would be.  Maybe that's an indication that one should avoid cocktails which sound more like something on the board at Starbuck's.

My wine was a different matter.  I was very happy with the 6th Sense Lodi Syrah from Michael-David Winery.  It's $10 by the glass at Tart.  The Lodi winery is noted for their Zinfandel, 7 Deadly Zins, and they also do a fine job with Rhone Varieties.

Dark purple in color, the nose has tons of blackberry with a smattering of black pepper and traces of cinnamon and clove.  The taste is very earthy.  Dark fruit is blanketed in minerality, which gives a smokey texture to the dark plums and currants on the palate.