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: Maclaren 2013 Syrah, Samanthas Vineyard
About the winemaker: Steve Law
Steve’s winemaking style is heavily influenced by his love of French wines. This influences his selection of vineyards, which he finds in cooler locations, and results in his pursuit of elegant, balanced, food friendly wines. Steve also has other influences, in addition to the Northern Rhone, and has recently started making Sauvignon Blanc for his mum, Pinot Noir for his wife and Rosé for his god daughter. Don’t worry, they are all willing to share!
The initial nose draws you in with spicy red fruits and the signature blueberry. The spices reveal themselves over time, showing bay leaf, fennel and a little ginger. Floral notes keep the wine feeling lighter, with lavender, violet and a hint of new leather. In the mouth the mouth feel is creamy but never heavy as it remains fresh and mouthwatering. The fruits are upfront with blackberry, blueberry and sweet strawberry and a nice licorice finish.
At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Maclaren 2013 Syrah, with duck confit (french green lentils, braised greens, brandied cherry-duck jus), steak frites (6-ounce flat iron steak, frites, roasted garlic & herb butter), sonoma mountain beef burger (grilled onions, house-made pickles, frites).
At home try grilled pork chop with sweet potato puree, beef stew or prime rib with natural jus.