Jaffurs Upslope Syrah 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
A blend our best reserve Syrah compnents of 2008. Extensive blending trials over several days enabled us to make a Syrah which we feel "has it all". Big, bold, smooth, and built to last.
"The 2008 Syrah Upslope (which Greg Jaffurs describes as selected barrels from his favorite vineyards) is slightly more restrained than the Bien Nacido, with more obvious structure. The wine smells almost like Syrah blood. Dense ruby/purple, super-rich, it is slightly more velvety-textured than the Bien Nacido. Both sweetness and tannins are present in this seductive wine, which is full-bodied and rich, with loads of black fruits, earth, spice, camphor, and floral notes. It is a brilliant Syrah, but at present, I give the Bien Nacido a slight edge. This is certainly a beautiful wine, and should anyone have the chance to buy it, "Don’t think twice." Flawless, seamless, with brilliant sweet blackberry and cassis fruit, this is a beauty to drink over the next 10-15+ years.
The Wine Advocate
"Sleek and focused, with a complex, layered mix of spice, dried
berry, hazelnut, fresh earth and floral, peppery scents. Full-bodied, intense and concentrated, this is notable for its finesse and refinement. Drink now through 2020."
"Glass-staining purple. Pungent aromas of dark berry skin, cherry compote, potpourri and minerals, with notes of black olive and smoky Indian spices gaining strength with air. Juicy and densely packed with cherry-cola and cassis flavors; zesty acidity adds spine and focus, as well as finishing lift and cut. Powerful but surprisingly lithe, with outstanding finishing clarity and length"
International Wine Cellar
"This best barrels blend of all Jaffur's Syrahs combines charming drinkability with some ageability. It's vast and deep in blackberries, cassis and dark chocolate, but firm in tannins, framing delicious fruit in a sturdy structure. With a dry finish, it will provide good drinking over the next six years."
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Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhône varietal wines with a new-world independence. It is one of the newest wineries in Santa Barbara County. Owner/winemaker Craig Jaffurs, working out of the Central Coast Wine Warehouse in Santa Maria, produced his first wines during the 1994 harvest. During the 1999 harvest, production increased to 2500 cases including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, and Roussanne.
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...
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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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