Vincent Arroyo is the only winery we have ever purchased futures from. (Buying futures means you buy the wine before it's actually bottled.) We tasted their Petite Syrah right out of the barrel when we visited for the first time in 2008 and were smitten enough to buy two bottles for future delivery. Those two bottles came in handy when Sally and I dined with both sets of parents last night at Las Brisas before attending the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna. An amazing night calls for an amazing wine and this did not disappoint!
Petite Syrah goes well with Mexican food, so it was a great pairing with the wide variety of dishes at our table, including seafood, chicken, and steak. It had a very concentrated dark fruit flavor at first taste with just a hint of tartness that blended well with the moderately spicy and flavorful food. The finish was smooth and full of tannin, just as you'd expect from a good Petite Syrah.
In hindsight, the wine tasted a little young, but it drew rave reviews from the table and got better as it aired out. We all had some pre-dinner drinks, so the wine carried us through to dessert where it had just enough sweetness to work well with our flan, creme brulee, chocolate covered strawberries, profitaroles, and cheesecake dessert plan. Yum!