Fife Old Yokayo Rancho Syrah 1999

Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, California

Item No. 50586
  • red wine
  • WE95
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Winemaker's Notes

Even when it was a baby, this wine's aromas and flavors lept out of the glass, and the complexity was, frankly, surprising. Mocha, bitter chocolate, blackberries, espresso, vanilla, black pepper, and violets, plus a Rhônelike meatiness are all swirled together here in the most captivating way. And while a real powerhouse, this syrah's fine-grade tannins are beautifully woven into the wine so that you sense them as structure, rather than taste them per se.

Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle 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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