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Syrah

The Grape

Syrah is a red-skinned grape variety with its origins in Rhone, France. Syrah is grown best in moderate climates to develop its medium body and tannin structure. In California, the grape is grown in both warm sunny climates such as the Napa Valley, Antelope Valley, and Paso Robles; cool climates like Sonoma and Santa Ynez; and in distinctive rocky high elevated terrain such as El Dorado, Rockpile, and the Sierra Foothills. Elsewhere in America, Syrah is grown to much acclaim in Washington State. Worldwide, Syrah can be fund in Rhone France, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Australia, and Switzerland.

The Wine

Syrah’s flavor and profile change drastically depending on the soil and climate of where it's produced. In rocky soil and moderate climates, the wine can stand alone without the need for blending. In warm climates, the wine is often blended with other Rhone varietals, such as Grenache. The signature nose of Syrah in California is of meat, smoke, and black pepper. As the wine opens, a more pronounced berry, chocolate, violets, and leather notes move to the forefront. Syrah’s should be medium tannin and medium acid on the palate with strong flavors of berry, espresso, tobacco, and smoke.

Perfect Pairings

Because of it’s medium tannin structure and acidity, Syrah has the ability to stand up to most pork, sausage and cured meat dishes. A smoky Syrah is a natural pairing for medium to low spiced barbecue and Indian food dishes. A more delicate Syrah will go nicely with earthy flavors such as game, rabbit, or lamb as well as with braised meats.

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2010 Coruce Syrah
$ 24.95

91 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 
Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle

2010 Coruce Syrah: This wine is comprised of 90% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Zinfandel and 3% Viognier. The grapes were hand harvested and table sorted and co-fermented for 14 days and pressed off into 3 & 4 year old French Oak barrels.

This wine has aromas and flavors of dark cherries, plum & lavender and blueberries with a lush jammy finish.

Open and decant for 30 minutes prior to serving.

2012 Coruce Syrah
$ 23.95

Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle

2012 Coruce Syrah Antelope Valley

This wine is comprised of 93% Syrah and 4% Petite Sirah and 3% Viognier.  The fruit was hand harvested and table sorted and then cold soaked on the skins for 48 hours and then co-fermented for 16 days and pressed off the skins  and racked off the solids into 3 and 4 year old French oak barrels and aged for 18 months.  Left on the lees and stirred monthly.

This wine has flavors and aromas of dark cherries, plum, lavender, blueberries followed by a toasty bacon finish.  Medium tannins 

2013 Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Syrah
$ 45.00

2012 predecessor won double gold/best of class in the 2014 Six Nation Challenge in Australia and Silver in the following competitions:   2015 San Francisco International Competition, 2014 Tex-Som International Wine Competition, 2014 Riverside International Wine Competition & 2014 East Meets West International Competition.
$20 flat fee shipping on purchases of 1-12 bottles

Tasting Notes

Syrah is known as the king of Rhone: single varietal for northern Rhone red wines and one of three primary grapes for the blends from southern Rhone. As a softer alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah still is known for its thick skin and big tannins, resulting in wines that are age-worthy and stand up to heartier dishes. This Syrah is elegance in the glass, with predominant notes of blackberry and black pepper and hints of anise, earth and leather.

Terroir

The grapes in this wine all come from the Wild Diamond Vineyard in southern Lake County. At an elevation of 2,200 ft., this vineyard sits high above the fog line, with 5 – 6 hours of direct sunlight daily and then cooled by Pacific breezes at night coming across the Mendocino wind gap. Its red loamy soil is the result of ancient pre-civilization floods and contains rich nutrients that contribute to the density, acidity and color of these grapes.

Varietal:                      100% Syrah
Region:                       Lake County, California
Alcohol:                      14.95%

Limited Production - 61 Cases

 

 

2014 Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Syrah
$ 45.00

2012 predecessor won double gold/best of class in the 2014 Six Nation Challenge in Australia and Silver in the following competitions:   2015 San Francisco International Competition, 2014 Tex-Som International Wine Competition, 2014 Riverside International Wine Competition & 2014 East Meets West International Competition.
$20 flat fee shipping on purchases of 1-12 bottles

Tasting Notes

Syrah is known as the king of Rhone: single varietal for northern Rhone red wines and one of three primary grapes for the blends from southern Rhone. As a softer alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah still is known for its thick skin and big tannins, resulting in wines that are age-worthy and stand up to heartier dishes. This Syrah is elegance in the glass, with predominant notes of blackberry and black pepper and hints of anise, earth and leather.

Terroir

The grapes in this wine all come from the Wild Diamond Vineyard in southern Lake County. At an elevation of 2,200 ft., this vineyard sits high above the fog line, with 5 – 6 hours of direct sunlight daily and then cooled by Pacific breezes at night coming across the Mendocino wind gap. Its red loamy soil is the result of ancient pre-civilization floods and contains rich nutrients that contribute to the density, acidity and color of these grapes.

Varietal:                      100% Syrah
Region:                       Lake County, California
Alcohol:                      14.95%

Limited Production - 61 Cases

 

 

2015 Mayhem Syrah - HOLIDAY SPECIAL
$ 56.00


Holiday Special Wine: 
Regularly $56 >>  $42 on 12+ Holiday Special bottles (mixed ok)

GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points - 2018 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition

SILVER MEDAL - 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
5% off of a purchase of 6-11 bottles
10% off the purchase of a case.
$1.00 shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more to CA
$9.99 shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more shipped outside of CA

Tasting Notes

This deep-purple, inky, full-bodied Syrah was barrel fermented and hand racked for 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new with a medium toast. The dark, rich, and deliciously intense fruit embodies the richness and full-bodied nose of violets, cured maple bacon, black raspberry jam, espresso, clove spice with hints of graphite and dark chocolate on the lengthy, elegant finish that will leave you wanting more.

Mayhem Syrah is outstanding alone or as a companion for full-bodied cheeses, salmon, swordfish, roasted hen, turkey, grilled and smoked meats.

 

Varietal: 87% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot,  1% Roussanne

Year: 2015

Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Geneseo District / Paso Robles AVA

Alcohol: 14.1%

Limited Production – 150 Cases

2016 Troon Vineyard, Bistro Syrah, Rogue Valley
$ 25.00

$10.00 SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF 1-5 BOTTLES

$0.01 SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF 6-12 BOTTLES

We craft two selections of Syrah at Troon Vineyard. Our Estate Syrah is destined for collector’s wine cellars and fine restaurants.  Our Bistro Syrah is more likely to be found on tonight’s dinner table or at your local wine bar and that’s just where we want it to be. As serious as our Estate Syrah can be our Bistro Syrah is equally light-hearted, vivacious and charming. Syrah is uniquely capable of producing delicious
wines with these diverse personalities so we could not resist making both. This 2016 is the last we will produce with the Rogue Valley AVA as from the 2017 vintage on both of our Syrah selections will be estate bottled. Our 2016 was produced with syrah from the Aardvark Vineyard located near Talent. It is upfront and fruit forward with rich, earthy classic Syrah flavors and it is absolutely ready to drink right now.

Bennett Valley 2013 Vivio Vineyard Reserve Syrah
$ 32.00

Tasting Notes

Spicy fruit-forward classic California Syrah. Located in Sonoma County. Volcanic soils. Express minerality, baking spice and a rich, pretty mid-palette. Long and earthy in the finish. Spice and leather. Bottle-aged for smoothness. Full-bodied, dark, complex fruit flavors. Grilled meat and chocolate pairing perfection. 

Appellation: Bennett Valley

Bennett Valley 2013 Vivio Vineyard Syrah
$ 32.00

Tasting Notes

Spicy fruit-forward classic California Syrah. Located in Sonoma County. Volcanic soils. Express minerality, baking spice and a rich, pretty mid-palette. Long and earthy in the finish. Spice and leather. Bottle-aged for smoothness. Full-bodied, dark, complex fruit flavors. Grilled meat and chocolate pairing perfection. 

Appellation: Bennett Valley

Bennett Valley 2014 Vivio Vineyard Syrah - HOLIDAY SPECIAL
$ 32.00

HOLIDAY SPECIAL WINE: 
10% OFF 1 CASE OF HOLIDAY SPECIAL WINES. MIXED OK. 
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20% OFF 2 CASES OF HOLIDAY SPECIAL WINES. MIXED OK.
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Tasting Notes

Spicy fruit-forward classic California Syrah. Located in Sonoma County. Volcanic soils. Express minerality, baking spice and a rich, pretty mid-palette. Long and earthy in the finish. Spice and leather. Bottle-aged for smoothness. Full-bodied, dark, complex fruit flavors. Grilled meat and chocolate pairing perfection. 

Appellation: Bennett Valley

GV Cellars 2014 Syrah Solano County/ Green Valley
$ 25.68

Our Syrah benefits from our afternoon winds, making an intense but balanced wine, This Syrah has a definite fruit-forwardness which will intensify over time, but will work well with stews and meat dishes right now!