JC Cellars Rockpile Haley's Reserve Syrah 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 107957
  • red wine
  • WS95
  • RP93
  • CG91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.

Winemaker's Notes

Effusive aromatics of ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit are entwined with touches of graphite and smoky game. The exotic berry aromas are bolstered by an impressive dense and rich palate. Supple tannins draw out an exceptionally long, dark and sexy finish.

Pair With – Beef does a body good, but prepare it simply to show off the fruit and mineral component of the wine. Try an easy beef stew. Also does well with all types of poultry, including the hard-to-match turkey. Drink now to 15 years.

"Red and black fruits with a mineral backbone are the hallmarks of this wine and appellation. All clusters are hand-sorted upon arrival, destemmed into ½ ton open-top fermenters, punched down five times per day, and pressed directly into new Burgundian French oak barrels."– Jeff Cohn.

Critical Acclaim

"Intense and vibrant, with rich, full-bodied blackberry, wild berry and blueberry fruit that's deep and concentrated, focused and pure, ending with a long, persistent finish that gushes with fruit and is supported by ripe tannins. Drink now through 2015."
95 Points

"From a 2,000 foot elevation vineyard in the Rockpile area (which is now entitled to its own appellation name), the sensational 2006 Syrah Rockpile Vineyard exhibits notes of camphor, acacia flowers, and blue as well as blackberries. This full-bodied, multilayered, rich, super-concentrated Syrah can be drunk now or over the next decade. This is a dazzling example of this new AVA. "
93 Points

"The Rockpile region is not likely to be the place where Syrah runs into limits and seeks polish, but this wine, admittedly both bold and very much on the rugged side, still possesses nicely formed blackberry fruit, complementary oak, and notes of dark soils, tar and dried spices. It is about equal in weight to the wine above but is noticeably fleshier and chewier in texture. Withal, this one probably drinks younger than its mate simply because its fruit is a trifle more open at its heart."
91 Points

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When Jeff Cohn was the winemaker at Rosenblum Cellars, annually he crafted more than 70 different wines. Today, at his Oakland-based warehouse winery, the irrepressible vintner now limits himself to a mere 21 bottlings, focusing on Rhone varietals. Cohn's longtime relationships with some of California's top growers and vineyards enable him to source some of the state"s finest fruit...

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Learn About Sonoma County

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...

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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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