Clos Mimi Shell Creek Syrah 2003

Syrah/Shiraz from California

$60.00 $39.99
Save $20.01
Item No. 91902
  • red wine
  • RP90
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Winemaker's Notes

"Spear hasn't bottled a new vintage of this wine since '99, having declassified the '00, '01 and '02. Distinctive black raspberry liqueur aroma and flavor, underscored by herbal (not herbaceous) notes, bright acidity, a seductively silky texture, and an appealing stoniness on the finish. Just terrific, in other words—though also, in its silkiness and translucency of flavor, against the grain for California Syrah (and appealingly so). Spear commented that 'Shell Creek has these big, truffle-sized chunks of limestone, and I attribute the silkiness to that aspect of the soil—this is kind of my Le Méal, without the extreme 75 degree slope,' referring to the great Chapoutier Hermitage of that name."
-Ray Isle, Senior Wine Editor, Food & Wine

"Sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, animal fur, violets, and damp earth characteristics emerge from the 2003 Syrah Shell Creek Vineyard. This cuvee possesses a distinctive soil and terroir component that might be considered controversial, but it held up unbelievably well for ten days. A dense ruby/purple color, unctuous, thick character, and heady, full-bodied style suggest it should drink well for 10-15 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
90 Points

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Learn About Clos Mimi

Established in 1996 by Tim and Mimi Spear, Clos Mimi is a tres petite winery located in Santa Maria, California. Clos Mimi is French for Mimi's enclosed vineyard expressing Tim's timeless endearment to his children's mother, his wife, his business partner, his best friend and his soul mate. Inspired by the greatest monocepage wines of Burgundy, Cote Rotie and Hermitage, Clos Mimi...

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California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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