Wine of The Night – Church & State 2005 Syrah

Church & State 2005 Syrah

We were told about this winery during a class featuring B.C. wines. We didn’t taste any Church & State wines that night, but the instructor explained that Master Winemaker Bill Dyer, who previously brought his skills to much-loved and hard-to-get Burrowing Owl products, was now working with Church & State just outside Victoria, BC.

When I got home I did some research on the internet.  This winery has a huge buzz, not just because of their winemaker, but because they’re cleaning up the awards. That’s why the Precious Medals Case peaked my interest.  It includes 4 bottles that received gold, 4 bottles that received silver and 4 bottles that have yet to be judged.  The case is comprised of all types of whites and reds.  It’s like the grab bags moms buy at the toy store for their children’s birthday parties. Except this comes in a box, it’s for adults and it’s boozy and delicious.

In the past, I’ve shied away from Syrahs because I found them too peppery.  I guess I was just drinking the wrong wines because this one is not overpowering and we loved it. The wine description is below.

The case of wine is only $300, which is a great deal when you do the math.  You can order it online and they’ll deliver or, if you’re on Vancouver Island, you can pick it up yourself.  We are trying our best to let some of the wines rest.  The first wine we tried was the Viognier.  We took it to a friend’s for a crab feast and it was really good.  Full, fruity and still dry enough to finish crisply.  If you like chardonays, chances are you’ll like this Viognier.  Mmmmm.  I want more!  I think I might be buying another case of Precious Medals after I sample a few more of their winners.

2005 Syrah Awards

Gold – ’07 Grand Harvest Awards (California)

Gold – ’07 Taster’s Guild International Awards

Gold – ’07 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Silver – ’07 International Eastern Wine Competition

Silver – ’07 International Wine & Spirit Competition

2005 Syrah Tasting Notes (as described by Church & State)

Deep garnet in color with hints of purple. The nose: black pepper, leather, caramelized sugary sweetness. On the palate: black pepper, cherry, vanilla and nicely integrated smokiness. The finish is very long and smooth.


$26 (can only be purchased as part of the precious medals case)

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