Vineyard: Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg, TX
Type of wine: Rotie (dry red, syrah blend)
Nose: earthy, raspberry, olive
Palate: dark berry, earthy, coffee
Rating: 4 out of 5
I first tasted this wine at the Becker Vineyards tasting room in Fredericksburg. I remembered it being very bold compared to many of their other red wines. I picked up a bottle this evening at a local Spec’s store to give it another taste. The nose of the wine is very earthy with notes of dark berry (raspberry/blackberry?) and what I can best describe as a green olive scent. It definitely brings to mind a heavy meal with a thick, peppery steak for pairing. It’s very much a unique aroma, I wouldn’t say inviting so much as intriguing. The first taste of the wine is a strong, dark berry flavor. It is very smooth and velvety for being so strong. It follows through and finishes with an earthy quality and a taste of strong coffee. All in all this is a very enjoyable bold red wine. If you are a syrah drinker, perhaps consider picking up a bottle of Becker Vineyards Prairie Rotie 2009 the next time you want to grill up a fat juicy steak.