Jaffurs Verna's Vineyard Syrah 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Verna's Vineyard is a new vineyard owned by the Melville Winery and located on Cat Canyon road in Los Alamos (Santa Barbara County). Jaffurs has four different Syrah clones growing at the vineyard. The vineyard includes a very steep hillside with very low yields that enable us to foot-stomp whole clusters during fermentation.
"Wonderful nose of black olives, black pepper corns, and rich fruit follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a spicy finish. Then hints of jam. Intense wine. Better in 2013."
"The estate’s 2009 Syrah Verna's Vineyard is another of the more restrained wines in this lineup. It was fermented with 73% whole clusters, which may account for much of the complexity in the glass. Blackberries, olive tapenade and herbs are some of the notes that come together in this refined, polished Syrah. There is more than enough going on to provide at least a handful of years of highly rewarding drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Tightly wound but unfolding, with a pleasant crease of spicy, exotic wild berry flavors that are focused, persistent and full-bodied, ending with a savory berry lift that gets more appealing. Best from 2013 through 2023. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 271 cases made."
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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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(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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