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Dominio IV "Old Man Facing East Syrah 05

Avalon's Wine Pick of the Week for 4-22-08

Old wrinkly Dog facing east

"Aging Gracefully, as an Artform"

There it was, staring back at me in the mirror last week. A wrinkle. Right there at the corner of my eyes and definite, not "just kind of". Yes, I realize to some of you this may be old hat but it took me completely off guard and threw me for a bit of a loop.

As if fate was playing tricks on me, I spotted the bottle of Dominio IV "Old Man Looking East" Syrah 05 $29.95/$26.95 sitting on the back bar. It didn't seem fair to see the words "old man" just after spotting my first wrinkle, so I thought it might be wise to see if he had any advice for me.

This "old man" fairly shouted as if he was afraid I was hard of hearing. His presence could not be ignored and it was quite clear that he was full of life.

The Dominio IV "Old Man Looking East" Syrah is bold, smoky and rich. Brimming with dark earth, black roasted plum and leather it takes over the palate. Dinner that night was slow smoked pork ribs, asparagus roasted with sweet spring garlic, and a fresh green garden salad. The smokiness of the ribs enhanced and elevated the sweet smokiness of the wine, and brought forward the dark fruit characteristics. The rich meat helped to soften the fairly firm tannins and round out the mouthfeel.

Though this wine could be enjoyed now, as we did, with an intensely meaty dish, it will most definitely age gracefully. In fact, I think this wine will be fantastic after a few years in the cellar (when it will have softened and the price will look like a bargain.)

I think the old man just winked at me.

Happy drinking and good eating,



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