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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.
The cool climate brings out the savory characteristics of the variety, as opposed to its jammy, fruity side, and one finds here aromas and flavors of smoked meats, white pepper, green olive and grapefruit, with an almost Pinot-like texture and balance on the palate; definitely not a blockbuster style.
"The 2009 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard (from barrel) caresses the palate with layers of expressive, sensual fruit. The wine is understandably quite primary and young, but nevertheless impresses for its textural elegance and shape. This needs time to come together but is immensely promising, even at this early stage. The 2009 Rodgers Creek is 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier, co-fermented. The wine spent 27 months in French oak barrels, 90% new Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Range: 92-94"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Inky purple. Smoky, complex aromas of candied black and blue fruits, violet, allspice and anise. Tight, sharply focused blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors become sweeter and fleshier with air. A vibrant, graceful rendition of syrah that finishes with outstanding clarity and palate-staining length. "
International Wine Cellar
Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996 - a Chardonnay from the Hyde Vineyard. Now situated in downtown Healdsburg, Ramey Wine Cellars draws on exceptional vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma to fashion classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay using traditional old world techniques.
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...Read More About Sonoma County
(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...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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