Mendocino Farms Fairbairn Ranch Syrah 2005

by Nannette Eaton on March 1, 2010


“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”  — Anne Bradstreet

When life hands you hardship, grab a bottle of Mendocino Farms Fairbairn Ranch Syrah, hunker down and hold on.  Drinking this wine is comforting.  It has lush aromas and flavors of blackberry and raspberry jam, with soft tannins.  Give it an hour and it mellows out and the rough edges smooth away.

The details: 14.5% alcohol.  Cork closure.  The wine is 100% syrah from the Demeter Certified biodynamic Fairbairn Ranch.  The retail price is $32 and can be procured from select retailers or directly from Mendocino Farms website.  This was a media sample generously provided by the Magnanimous Wine Group.

The music match is “Cannonball” from Damien Rice from the album O, or the amazing cover by Vienna Teng from the album World Cafe Presents Modern Troubadours.

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@nectarwine March 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Okay, you stumped me on this music pairing. I’ve got to go listen now.

There are a lot of wines out there that taste so much better after just an hour decanted. We’re always in such a hurry to imbibe, we do ourselves a disservice.

Josh @nectarwine

M. Scott Gardner March 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm

You peaked my interest! I love Syrahs and Damien Rice’s “cannonball” (on my i-tunes favorite list)
So Mendocino farms Fairbairn Ranch is a must try on my next wine store trip.

Wine Harlot March 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Thanks so much for reading and making comments.
You rock!
I really appreciate you taking the time.

Check out both versions.
Most people know the Rice version, but Vienna Teng is an under-the-radar talent.she he
She tours extensively, if you can she her live.

I try to spend some time with the wines I taste, and sometimes a wine starts out shaky, but becomes beautiful later on.
I don’t want my readers to buy one of my picks and then go — “What the f*@k was the Wine Harlot thinking?”

Wine Harlot March 1, 2010 at 11:14 pm

You’ve got to buy the Vienna Teng version.
She knocks it out of the park.
She’s an under-the-radar talent.

I really like all the wines Mendocino Farms — the Redvine blend really pleased me (and it’s about $5 cheaper).

I scooting back to San Diego and I thought I had a bunch of corks for you — they must have been thrown out.
I’ll start saving them for you for your frames.


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