Arrowood Kuljian Dry Creek Syrah 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
The Kuljian Vineyard is located off Westside Road in Dry Creek. It sits atop a sandy/loam bench thick with pebbles, rocks and stones. The climate is warm enough to fully ripen Syrah, yet cool enough to produce a wine with structure, elegance and equilibrium. At only 1.5 acres, Kuljian is one of the tiniest vineyards we harvest.
Each year, Kuljian produces concentrated, opulent Syrah. This 2007 is dark, dense and sumptuous. The nose ripe and plum-like, with earth, spice, smoke and leather. Very hedonistic. The palate is full, lush and backed by smooth, well-integrated tannins.
The Wine Advocate - "Slightly more backward is the unfined, unfiltered 2007 Syrah Kuljian Vineyard, which spends 19 months in French oak. It exhibits more tannin along with similar floral, blackberry, and cassis characteristics, beautiful density, and full body. The day I tasted the wine, it was playing it closer to the vest than the Saralee's Syrah. The Kuljian should evolve for 8-10 years.
Arrowood Vineyards & Winery
Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals. View all Arrowood Vineyards & Winery Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsRed w/Attitude - Miami, FL31/27/2011
Very complex; Black fruits and smoke on the nose; A little too much heat/alcohol for my taste, but fairly balanced; Richly concentrated palate with a creamy texture, black fruit, pepper, and licorice; Medium-long finish; Overall, well-made. I enjoyed it (it got better towards the end of the bottle), although not my typically favorite style of Syrah, still quite good. Just make sure to open it and let it sit a while.Vegas Dave - Las Vegas, NV42/26/2011Upon opening, I knew this was a special bottle. The color and smell on the cork was beautiful, and the color into the glass from the first pour was dark and luxurious. Received this to sample as a wine club offering (though the notice said we were supposed to receive the 06) and was not dissapointed. This was a wonderful yummy bottle of Syrah. A dark, bold wonderful invasion of the senses. Very complex array or smells and tastes that evolved over time. Just sumptious!
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
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Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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