This syrah is definitely food friendly and a bite to eat would only enhance the acidity, pepper, and fruit. I’d go with something grilled, with lots of herbs or pepper. Or you can just bust out the leather and dive in with reckless abandon!
This wine also comes from the Templeton Gap, like the Charbono I reviewed on Wednesday. This year started out with heavy rain and cooler temperatures, in fact, summer itself was a bit chillier than usual back in 2011. This meant extra hang time for the grapes and a lot of fruit in the resulting wine.
So who’s behind Austin Hope? Well, it’s a dude named Austin Hope. He is the winemaking President of Hope Family Wines and has been in the Paso Robles area since the late 70s. The family is well regarded in the area. In 2009 Austin won “Winemaker of the Year” at the California Mid-State Fair.
Sustainability has always been important to Austin and his family. Their estate vineyard has been SIP Certified since 2009, which is the vineyard supplying the righteous fruit for the Austin Hope label. Cheers to another winemaker proving sustainable farming can make amazing wines!