Barrel 27 was started by McPrice Myers and Russell From (both have their own wineries, McPrice Myers and Herman Story, respectively) as a joint effort born out of their friendship in Paso Robles wine country. The Barrel 27 goal is “to make wine that works hard at helping hard working America relax for a minute, take a load off, and remove the nose from the grindstone for a while.” And their Head Honcho Syrah does not disappoint. Almost black in color, the massive nose churns out aromas of dark plum, blackberry, raspberry, pepper and spice. On the palate it has tons of multi-layered fruit: black currant, raspberry, roasted meat, black pepper, clove, cinnamon, dried herbs and Asian five spice powder. The finishing back beat brings out dark cocoa, lavender and a bit of burnt toast with no heat and really well integrated tannins. While it’s drinking well now, it has all the elements for evolving into an even more complex wine in the future.
Wine of the week: Barrel 27 Head Honcho Syrah ($23.99) available at Lukas Liquor and Vino Bello.
Previous wine of the week: Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble, Anderson Valley 2008.