Barrel 27 Head Honcho Syrah 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
The 2006 release of the Head Honcho is a composite of Syrah's from Three Creek, Laetitia, Larner, Whitehawk and Watch Hill vineyards made by McPrice Myers Wine Co. and Herman Story Wines. This ultra dark, powerfully constructed Syrah offers up a whopping nose of dense raspberry, boysenberry, black berry fruit and blood orange. Wrapped in floral scents of lavender, lilac and violets which are rounded out with spice notes of black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg, ripe olive and sweet mint. Weighty in the mouth with dense, pure fruit, great acidity and robust tannins, the long finish shows bright red fruit notes of dried cranberry, sour cherry and boysenberry buried in spice and sweet milk chocolate. Always our biggest and boldest, but not ever a bank-buster, enjoy this complex wine as it opens up and shows even more layers of aromas.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Head Honcho, a deep, full-bodied, broadly-flavored Syrah offering copious quantities of creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, and barbecue smoke. Richly fruity with a lush texture and sweet tannin, it can be enjoyed over the next 4-5 years. "
Barrel 27 Winery
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About Central Coast
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 FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.