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Thornton Syrah 2005

by Nannette Eaton on June 29, 2009

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”  —  Thornton Wilder

Thornton Syrah 2005I became acquainted with Thornton way, way back in the day, shortly after the change-over from Culbertson.  My friend Quinn said they had a terrific blush sparkler.  I gave her the “wow-you-are-the-tackiest-bitch-ever” look, as I was under the impression that all domestic pink sparklers were in the same league as cold duck.  Thank god Quinn ignored me, and shared the Thornton Blanc de Noir despite my withering looks.  Fab-u-lous!  Two lessons learned: Thornton makes nice wines, and keep your preconceived notions to yourself (you might learn something or be given liquid treasure.)

When the Thornton Syrah 2005 arrived on my doorstep, I called Quinn over for a tasting session.  This is a gorgeous wine.  I would suggest allowing it a mature for a couple of years, or give it an hour or so in a decanter if you’re an impatient Wine Harlot.  The color is a deep lush burgundy.  The aromas are intoxicating.  The flavors are the classic berry and mocha.  The alcohol was a little out of balance, we both thought the wine was a bit hot.  Quinn summed it up thusly, “it’s a blackberry hug with a chocolate kiss.”

Alcohol 14.1%.  Cork closure.  The Thornton Winery is located in the Temecula Valley in Northeastern San Diego County.  The suggested retail is $24.00 USD.  If you buy a case through the winery, you’ll get a 30% discount.  This was a sample kindly provided by the winery and was facilitated by Linda Kissam.

Thornton Winery has an outdoor Champagne Jazz Series every summer.  This some of the artists featured this season are David Sanborn, Candy Dulfur and Jeffery Osborne.

The music match is the hauntingly beautiful “Be Easy on Me” by San Diego native Randi Driscoll from her album The Play.  For a limited time you can get a complementary download of her single “Love is Love” from her upcoming album 365 Days.  Moral of the story?  Be easy on your friends, especially if they’re bringing the wine!