"Made the way Randall Grahm likes Syrah, which is a dry, peppery wine with rich outbursts of sweet cherry fruit. It must be the blending, but this wine seems to possess both warm- and cool-climate aspects, which is often what works best in a Californa Syrah. It's rich but dry, fruity but elegant, a Euro-wine of instant, and international, appeal."
We continue on our quest for the middle path. Having posited that syrah represents the eternal feminine, we are still searching for the proper balance between subtlety and power, delicate perfume and smoky meatiness, elegance and concentration. And while the French do employ the feminine article, la, the specter of this variety's modern origins in the testosterone infused terroirs of Hermitage and Cornas demand that la syrah exhibit considerable depth of flavor. We have once again blended vastly differing syrahs from various regions to push and full the final blend into a coherent whole. Grapes from Jeff Brown's Oak Park Vineyard provide an abundance of color, spice, wintergreen and the particular viande character which is one of the calling cards of proper syrah. San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey produces a much prettier wine, bright, fruity – in the blackberry, raspberry range – and floral. Ca' del Solo and Chequera Vineyards provide a very potent core of richness and tannin with an exceptionally high-toned note of violet. Still very much the essence of yin, this quite powerful wine nonetheless has grip and stuffing out the yang.