Sandler is the pet project of Ed Kurtzman, one
of California’s most highly regarded winemakers
through his work for wineries Freeman
and Roar and his co-ownership of August
West Wine. Known principally as a Pinot Noir
specialist, Kurtzman brings his deft touch to
Syrah and Zinfandel in this intriguing cuvee.
The Syrah comes from Bennett Valley, a niche
area in Sonoma where cool temperatures
yield concise and aromatic Syrah and Merlot.
The Zinfandel comes from a cool site near the
Sonoma town of Santa Rosa that produces
balanced, open and aromatic Zin. The fusion
of the two varietals mixes red and black fruits
to make a compelling wine that owes its structure
and spice to Syrah and its succulence to
Zinfandel. The 2009 is the first vintage.
Juicy notes of marionberry and boysenberry suffuse the nose, with hints of
orange oil and ground black pepper.
In the mouth, the wine is anchored by deep blackberry and plum flavors,
with classic Syrah hints of graphite and pepper.
Syrah’s classic partner at the dinner table is lamb, but beef, veal and pork will
also make fine matches for this wine, whose ripe red fruit from Zinfandel
will echo the sweetness of the meats. Stews and hearty casseroles make
excellent choices, while grilling will add a bitter char to meats that will help
offset this young wine’s tannins. The Sandler’s sweet fruit will play nicely
against sweet-and-savory accompaniments like roasted fruits (peaches,
plums, apples) and mild fruit chutneys. Visit williams-sonoma.com for pairings
such as Roasted Cornish Hens with Rhubarb Chutney and Stuffed Pork
Chops with Roasted Root Vegetables.
Serve a little cooler than room temperature: refrigerate the bottle for 10 minutes
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