It was another absolutely rushed day with not enough hours to be found in it. I made it home with about 10 minutes to throw together a snack and a change into warm clothes before heading over to the rink for my husband’s hockey game. I pulled Cycles Gladiator Syrah 2009 from my wine bar rack for a quick glass and then a pour into my glass-lined nalgene bottle for the rink. Cycles Gladiator is part of the Hahn Family of Wines, and is rather like their entry level label. The Hahn Winery created the Cycles Gladiator label in order to pay tribute to the spirit of freedom and happiness that pervaded Europe in the late 19th century, known for its many “inventions and improvements to daily life, not the least of which was the modern bicycle”. The grapes are sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the rich farmlands of the Lodi appellation; the Winery and Visitor Center are located in one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in Lodi.
Transparent red-violet in colour, the aroma of candied cherries beckoned to me from the glass. Lush plum and bright raspberry flavours were entwined with earthy tobacco notes in the smooth, medium body. Spicy white pepper and traces of rich dark chocolate energized the moderate finish. This is a straightforward, easy drinking, every day glass that prefers a meal but can be enjoyed on its own.
90% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah
Vinted & Bottled by Cycles Winery, Napa