Terre Rouge Ascent Syrah 2001

Syrah/Shiraz from Sierra Foothills, California

Item No. 89218
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP92
  • ST90
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Winemaker's Notes

Ascent Syrah represents the pinnacle of Syrah production at Terre Rouge. Eight of the very best barrels of Syrah are selected from the cellar each vintage to make this luxury cuvée. All of the grapes are grown in selected Syrah sites scattered throughout the Sierra Nevada in granite and volcanic-based soils.

This is a deeply concentrated wine with dense layers of aromatic complexity. Loads of deeply-concentrated and incredibly spicy fruit aromas fill your glass. In the mouth you'll find thick concentrated and riotous meaty Syrah flavors, smoky wood tones, exotic spices, mineral tones, and fine tannins. Great structure and aging potential. A sublime treat!

Critical Acclaim

"The flagship offering is the 2001 Syrah Ascent, a limited production cuvee of 200 cases. It offers up notions of vanilla, blackberry liqueur, pepper, barbeque spices, and meat in both the aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and opulent, this big yet well-balanced 2001 can be drunk now, or cellared for a decade. An impressive effort, it is unquestionably the finest Syrah produced in the Sierra Foothills. "
92 Points

"Bright, full ruby. Superripe aromas of candied berries, violet and gunflint, with an intriguing meatiness. Sweet and silky in the mouth, with concentrated, youthful berry fruit nicely framed by bright, well-integrated acidity. Very juicy but rather backward wine whose firm tannins also call for some more time in bottle. (I have included these wines in my North Coast coverage because the Sierra Foothills appellation is even farther from the Central Coast.) Also tasted: 2002 Viognier Shenandoah Valley, 2002 Roussanne Sierra Foothills. 90+"
90 Points

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Terre Rouge is located in California on the West Slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador County"s Shenandoah Valley. The wines are made from vineyards in four Sierra Foothill counties: Placer, El Dorado, Amador, and Calaveras. They also source fruit from one vineyard site in the soon-to-be new Clements appellation. Terre Rouge's style emphasizes deep color, balanced flavors, full...

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Learn About Sierra Foothills

Called gold country since the mid-1800's, the Sierra Foothills, located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, was a hot spot for those seeking a gold rush fortune. Some of these settlers brought some European vines with them and somewhere in that mix was the Zinfandel grape. Notable Facts Zinfandel remains the grape of choice here, followed by Rhone Blends. Volcanic...

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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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