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Wines made from Shiraz are often quite powerfully flavoured and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor notes, depending on the climate and soils where it is grown, as well as other viticultural practices chosen. Aroma characters can range from violets to berries, chocolate, espresso and black pepper. No one aroma can be called typical though blackberry and pepper are often noticed. With time in the bottle these primary notes are moderated and then supplemented with earthy or savory tertiary notes such as leather and truffle. Secondary flavor and aroma notes are those associated with several things, including winemakers’ practices, and terroir.
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Food Pairing: Pairs well with grilled and barbecued meats, pork and venison, or fish and poultry that are very light on sauces. Nice with a hunk of rustic bread and olive oil.
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Zayante Vineyards
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2003 Santa Cruz Mountain Estate Syrah
Santa Cruz Mountains

The wine has very complex aromas of boysenberries, violets and cedar. Ripe berries and subtle tannins highlight the palate. The rich flavors carry through on the finish. The wine s ...morehould age well for the next three to five years. 13.9% alcohol content by volume.

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Benziger Family Winery
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2004 Syrah, North Coast

Complex aromas of black fruit, smoky tar and dried herb. The mouthfeel is soft with flavors of black plum, vanilla and black pepper. The finish is long and noted by ripe fruit. Dri ...morenk or cellar for up to 5 years. Serve with grilled meats, beef stew or hearty pizzas.
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Fess Parker Winery
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2004 Rodney's Vineyard Syrah

The 2004 vintage has the trademark complexity of smoky, spicy, earthy notes along with dialed-up, ripe dark fruit flavors. This is more than your typical fruit-bomb, this is a big, ...more round, fulfilling wine that has the acidity and tannins to age and the accessibility to drink this weekend (with a big, grilled steak)!
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Bradford Mountain Winery
CAW Rating: 100
1 reviews

2004 Syrah

Nestled in the hills of the Dry Creek Valley, our Grist Vineyard has long been known to produce robust powerful wines, and our Syrah is no exception. Classic Syrah characteristics ...moreof blackberry, plum and smoke are complemented by the distinctly Grist Vineyard qualities of bright red cherry fruit to produce a wine that is slender yet firm in structure- lush to the finish.

Gold Medal- 2007 Grand Harvest Awards

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Lost Canyon Winery
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2005 Syrah
Russian River Valley

This Russian River Syrah comes from Alegria Vineyard. This vineyard is located on rolling landscape near the town of Healdsburg. This vineyard benefits from cool breezes that bring ...more in the fog from the ocean in the morning and recedes to warm sunny days. These are perfect conditions for our cool climate Syrah. This wine is violet in color with notes of cedar, spice, cassis, blackberry, and earth. This wine is elegant in structure with a great finish. We produced less than 225 cases of this wine.
Brassfield Estate Winery
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2002 Brassfield Estate Syrah
Round Mountain Vineyard

This signature vineyard of five and a half acres was planted in 2001 and represents the first Syrah produced from the Monte Sereno vineyard located at 2100 ft. in elevation on the ...morewestern slopes of High Valley. The soils on this ridge top are primarily broken shale characteristic of Franciscan formation. Much of this vineyard has a northern exposure which delays ripening by a couple of weeks giving the fruit some additional “hang-time”, and subsequently softer, velvety tannins.

The grapes were allowed to ripen to full maturity, and then were crushed, destemmed and the must was inoculated for yeast fermentation. The wine was left on the skins for 11 days before gently pressing off the skins to avoid harsher tannin extraction, and allowed to finish primary and secondary fermentations before settling and racking to barrel. Approximately 30% new oak was infused to the entire lot and allowed to age for 22 months before bottling.

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Wild Coyote
CAW Rating: 90
1 reviews

2005 Syrah “Black Hawk”, Estate Reserve
Paso Robles

This Syrah is truly a unique one, and it is usually sold out before anyone new finds out about it. Deep dark garnets in color with intriguing fragrant aromas of classic blueberry, ...moreearth aromas with sweet oak, pepper and spice. Forward fruit and layers of supple round tannins contribute to a firm structure and extended rich finish. (347-cases)
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Terry Hoage Vineyards
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2005 Syrah -The Hedge

Our 2005 Syrah is powerful and layered with blackberry, cassis and melted licorice, truffle, and dark chocolate aromas and flavors. The lingering perfumed finish has integrated aci ...moredity, velvety tannins and a forever finish. 90% new French oak 10% second year oak using a combination of Francois Frere (3 yr. Bertranges and Allier Forest), Taransaud, Seguin Moreau, Saury and Boutes.

750 cases produced

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Kunde Estate Winery
CAW Rating: 89
1 reviews

2002 Syrah

Kunde Estate 2002 Syrah is a red wine that's hearty, without all the tannin of Cabernet, versatile for many foods, and filled with berry fruit and spice balanced by a floral qualit ...morey that is just, well, different from the rest. It will make you sit up and take notice.
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Longshadow Ranch Winery
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2005 Estate Vineyard Syrah

Hungarian oak cellared. Simply the finest Syrah you'll find anywhere. We rock!! Taste the power of the sun!
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Cabot Vineyards
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2004 Syrah
Humbodlt County

This 2004 Humboldt County Syrah is a single-block selection which was picked on October 14th. Cold fruit was destemmed into small one-tonfermenters and punched down three times a d ...moreay until the wine achieved dryness. A variety of different strains of yeast were employed in order to attain as much complexity as possible. The wine was pressed and hand-bucketed into 2-year-old Rouseau, French oak barrels. The wine remained on the lees until the following spring when it was gently racked and a small amount of new Hungarian oak was utilized to finish the wine. After two years of barrel age, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered -- as are all of our efforts.

Notes of fresh ground coffee, kirsch, mulberry, dark red cherry, game, and sassafras lead into a spicy, dark red-fruited, lush mid-palette, with a smooth texture, and ripe tannins. This wine is rich and full flavored, and shows the spicy, leathery, gamy qualities that make Syrah such an intriguing varietal.

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Cabot Vineyards
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2004 Syrah- Reed's
Humbodlt County

This is our first release of this particular designation. Named after our son, the 2004 Reed’s Syrah has distinctive character. Its dense red fruit and spice is reminiscent of fine ...more Grenache. We selected the two barrels which best exemplified these special qualities.

The color is beautiful deep, electric, garnet red. The seductive nose on this Syrah displays ripe boysenberry, kirsh, and white pepper. Red-fruitedflavors of dense black raspberry, pomegranate, cranberry and mulberry on the mid-palette are pure and well balanced with a long finish of ground coffee and spices. This single block, two-barrel selection, is firm and has a nice grip from substantial tannins which add structure and richness to this amazingly distinctive wine.

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Qup Wine Cellars
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2002 Syrah
Rancho Arroyo Grande

This wine is 100% Syrah from the Rancho Arroyo Grande Vineyard in the upper part of the Arroyo Grande Valley in southern San Luis Obispo County. I had used 20% Mourvèdre in the 20 ...more01, but that didn’t work in 2002 because the Mourvèdre did not ripen properly.
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Brophy-Clark Cellars
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2003 Syrah
Santa Ynez Valley

Fruit for this vineyard-designated wine came from the Rodney Shull Vineyard, part of Fess Parker’s estate in Santa Ynez Valley. Situated atop a mesa, the vineyard enjoys warm tempe ...moreratures tempered by morning fog and cool afternoon breezes. This Syrah is expressive and richly layered, displaying aromas of plum, black current, boysenberry and smoked meat. The wine culminates in a velvety finish.
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Edna Valley Vineyard
CAW Rating: 100
1 reviews

2005 Syrah
Edna Valley

We carefully selected the grapes for our 2005 Edna Valley Vineyard Syrah from some of the best vineyards in this remarkable growing region. The grapes were handled carefully to cap ...moreture the essence of the fruit, fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and then aged for ten months in a selection of small oak barrels.The 2005 Edna Valley Vineyard Syrah displays black cherry and blackberry flavors, complemented by smoke, white pepper and vanilla notes. This lush wine has a full, viscous mouthful with medium tannin, and a long caramel and coffee finish. Enjoy this wine paired with rich meat dishes such as herb-crusted roast leg of lamb, grilled venison and roast duck.
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Fallbrook Winery
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2004 Syrah Special Selection
Central Coast

Small bin fermentation and manual punchdown during this process produces an intense black fruit character with subtle layers of cocoa, anise and bramble. Wine is drinkable now and ...morewill benefit from additional bottle aging.
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White Crane Winery
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2005 Syrah Reserve
Livermore Valley

The fruit is from Crane Ridge area, right here in Livermore Valley. We have been sold out of Syrah for quite some time, so make sure you stock up on this one. Wonderful blackberry ...moreflavors, hints of roast beef dripping, pepper, and spice. Great structure with a medium to full body and a very nice finish. This Syrah will pair nicely with the barbeque, my favorite being Tri Tip. Only 160 cases were produced.
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2003 L'Aventure Syrah
Paso Robles

Soft aromas of raspberry, tea leaf, pepper, leather and spice make this the most elegant and classic L'Aventure syrah to date. Delicate berry and violet flavors are buoyed by licor ...moreice and pepper on the palate. This wine will be a welcomed foil to grilled veggies and fish, as well as to barbecued chicken. And it's heaven with mushroom risotto!
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CAW Rating: 94
1 reviews

2002 L'Aventure Syrah
Paso Robles

A deep, dark wine, with purple tints, L'Aventure Syrah has a rich, complex nose of pepper and violets. An aggressive attack on the palate is sustained by significant tannins, with ...morenotes of blueberry, pepper and violet in the long finish. Soft and drinkable now, this wine will cellar well up to a decade.
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Chateau Lasgoity Winery
CAW Rating: 90
2 reviews


The Millennium Edition Syrah is a special release of two Syrah cuvees from 2000 and 2001 grown from the same Lasgoity Family Aliso Vineyard. This wine is a hearty, Rhone style wine ...more with hints of black currants and pepper. The Syrah aged in a blend of new and old, American and French oak barrels until its recent bottling. Enjoy with your favorite steak, roast or waterfowl meal.
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Nestled in the hills of the Dry Creek Valley, our Grist Vineyard has long been known to produce robust powerful wines, and our Syrah is no exception. Classic Syrah characteristics of blackberry, plum and smoke are complemented by the distinctly Grist Vineyard qualities of bright red cherry fruit to ...

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