Rulo Winery, a southern Walla Walla winery established in 2001 is my first Washington wine for March. It must have a good availability as I purchased it in the Tacoma Trader Joe’s on Monday. A clerk, noting the conversation I was in with a friend about Rombauer Zin from California ($33.00), suggested this 2009 Syrah as a comparable wine with a lower price point of $22.99.
Loved the color, a deep, rich, dark violet. The nose was hardly worth commenting on when I first opened the bottle, but as it aired floral and plum aromas developed, might be more as it continues to sit.
Paired with my dinner, quinoa & beet taboulee, it was quite good. Dessert was a sliver of home-made brownie and it was ok with that too, better with the salad though. For the sake of comparison, I also had a square of hazelnut and dark chocolate and it was better with that than the brownie. Taste, wasn’t quite what I anticipated for a Syrah. It is appropriately dry with the tannins well-balanced in the wine. But the berry flavors were more subtle with minimal spice making it an ‘easy drinker’ in my opinion. The remainder of the glass is beside me as I write, so I will update this and add to it as I notice changes.