I poured this the same night as the Domaine Gramenon Sierra du Sud 2007. I thought both of the wines were brilliant — and while I might give a slight nod to the Gramenon, the Edmunds St. John impressed me as a more “serious” wine with greater longevity.
I would also go so far to say it was more Rhône-like in style. I would open the Gramenon if I had the opportunity to open a bottle tomorrow. Given the same choice five years from now, I would opt for Edmunds St. John Bassetti Syrah 2005.
Deep, dark purple in color. Vibrant aromatics of cherry, violet, garrigue and smoke. On the palate, black cherry and raspberry wrapped in smoke, black olive, earth, wild game and herbs. Optimal ripeness and impeccable balance — not overdone in any respect. Solid acidity and firm yet silky tannins with a persistent finish. 14.2 percent alcohol. 103 cases produced. Strongly recommended.
I have not had as good of luck since the great night of Syrahs last week. A bottle of Domaine de Boède Coteaux du Languedoc Les Grès 2007 was overripe and overdone — the bottle unfinished. Last night I opened a Rosenblum 2005 Zinfandel Snow Lake Vineyard Lake County that was hot, medicinal and ripe. I had a hard time finishing a glass and didn’t go back for more.
More about Steve Edmunds and Edmunds St. John
Steve Edmunds started Edmunds St. John in 1985 with his wife, Cornelia St. John, in an effort to explore the possibility of producing world-class, European-style wines in California, using Rhône varietal grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Viognier, etc. He quickly earned a lot of praise and by 1988, Robert Parker was calling Edmunds St. John perhaps the “finest practitioner” of Californians working with Rhone grapes. At that time, I was working at Bonny Doon Vineyard and was bitten by the Rhone bug and have probably bought some of Steve’s wines with each vintage since that time.
Other wines from Edmunds St. John
Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel 2005