As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively “Rhône-alone” wine list.
We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.
In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved Rhône producers –
This week: Flanagan Wines 2013 Syrah, Bennett Valley
About the winemaker: Cabell Coursey
Cabell describes his philosophy:
Winemaking is the culmination of a vast number of decisions. Starting with the site, the farming practice, the response to weather conditions, the picking date, the tank and barrel programs, ferment protocols, and continuing through blending and bottling. It is the daily decisions, actions, and sometimes lack of action that unlocks a vineyard’s highest potential. This quest to reveal each vineyards unique personality, while dealing with the challenges inherent in farming, is what makes winemaking challenging, interesting, and highly rewarding. My goal is always the same, to deliver each vineyard’s best expression in each vintage and to make a wine where the last glass is better than the first.
The nose is an intriguing mix of dark red fruits and more savory notes like bay leaf. The palate has
a classic Rhone profile with fruit components, bacon fat, and hint of white pepper, briar and earth notes.
At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Flanagan Wines 2013 Syrah, with steak frites (6-ounce flat iron steak, frites, roasted garlic & herb butter), grass-fed steak tartare (traditional with raw egg, caperberries, lavendar sea salt, toast), hard cheeses.
At home try it with pot roast with horseradish whipped potatoes, beef with mole sauce, Wagyu beef with simple salt & pepper.