Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, California
Ruby in color, this Syrah has hedonistic aromas of dark chocolate, assorted meats, toasted almonds and white pepper. Rich flavors of chocolate covered cherries and sweet toasted oak entice the palate while notes of blackberry linger on the finish.
Blend: 96% Syrah, 4% Viognier
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Syrah Saralee's Vineyard, co-fermented with 4% Viognier, shows the wilder, gamier side of Syrah. Cured meats, smoke, earthiness, blood, iron and tar are some of the many notes that flow from the glass. There is no shortage of personality here, but this wine should only be bought by readers who appreciate the rustic, hearty side of Syrah. A plush, round finish balances some of the wine’s wilder tendencies."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Smoky dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of olive, cracked pepper and licorice. Sweet and expansive, offering powerful blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that pick up allspice and candied violet notes with air. Closes sappy and long, with very good energy and lingering florality."
Arrowood Vineyards & Winery
Richard and Alis Arrowood founded Arrowood Winery in 1987 with a philosophy of making wines of singular and exceptional quality, using grapes grown exclusively in Sonoma County. Richard continually explores the diversity of Sonoma County, working with mostly the same grape growers he began cultivating in 1974, as Winemaster at Chateau St. Jean Winery. Arrowood is known for making small lots of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlot, Viognier and Syrahs, among other varietals. View all Arrowood Vineyards & Winery Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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