We bought the 'Ruggiero' Syrah from Alliata Wines a couple of weeks ago, primarily with the intent of cellaring at least half the case.
Alliata is a producer from the island of Sicily in Italy. Details about this great producer can be found here.
Sicily is known for white wines made from a grape called 'Grillo' and big, full red wines from a local grape called Nero d'Avola.
When I was adding the Syrah, I knew I just had to have it. The price is right (just $17.95 per bottle + HST + shipping), or $20.40 + shipping (which varies depending on location).
Also, it was so unusual to see a Syrah from this region, making it a wine to discover.
When we got the case, two bottles were 'tested' fairly quickly and another couple were well enjoyed at a dinner party last night.
Here's a tasting note from Wine Enthusiast:
Aromas of leather, dark-skinned fruit and Mediterranean brush meld together in the glass. The medium-bodied but dense palate offers prune, raspberry jam and licorice alongside round tannins. A note of bitter almond closes the finish. - Kerin O'Keefe
It pretty much nails it!
I would add that it's showing a little tense and young and it also has a touch of sediment. Therefore, if you can't wait to try it, do a little aerating and filtering first.
Otherwise, when you buy a case, this wine will continue to age nicely in bottle for a minimum 3 years and peak within 5-7 years.