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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.
Deep red in color with a touch of purple, our 2008 California Syrah is once again likely to be the hidden gem in the Smoking Loon wines. The intense dark fruit on the nose has layers of blackberry, cassis, and black olive, well-balanced with hints of vanilla and brandy-soaked cherries. Rich berry cobbler flavors on the palate underscore the fruit-forwardness of this Syrah. Notes of cedar from the long, steady oak aging are well-integrated with the massive fruit flavor. Silky and medium-bodied like a Pinot Noir, our Syrah finishes with dark cherry and milk chocolate flavors, and a nice, bright acidity.
A juicy rib eye or New York steak topped with caramelized onions would pair well with the rich, dark flavors of our Smoking Loon Syrah. Try this with Korean Barbeque, or a grilled blackened chicken breast.
"Full-bodied and complex, offering cranberry and wild berry flavors, with dashes of rhubarb, pepper and spice. Drink now through."
Don Sebastiani & Sons is a family-owned wine negociant firm specializing in the marketing of upscale, but moderately priced varietal wines. Principals Don Sebastiani and sons, Donny and August are third and fourth generation California vintners and wine merchants. The company is headquartered in Sonoma Valley and has a winery in the Napa Valley.
Smoking Loon has been recognized as a Value Brand of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine (2005).
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...Read More About Other California
(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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