Failla Phoenix Ranch Syrah 2004
Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
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.
With aromas of roasting meat, violets and black pepper, this full-bodied Syrah offers rustic tannins that will reward cellaring.
"The dense ruby/purple-colored 2004 Syrah Phoenix Ranch (450 cases) exhibits aromas of charcoal, white chocolate, pepper, and sweet blackberry and currant fruit. With full body, superb fruit, and an up-front, luscious, complex personality..."
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated, bright ruby. Wild, distinctly Northern Rhone-like aromas of roasted black fruits, black olive and smoked meat; I would have guessed Cornas. Then superripe and sweet, but with firm acids giving shape to the strong fruit flavors. Dense and seamless wine, perhaps a bit youthfully aggressive but with the breadth and strength of fruit to support its strong structure. Very long on the finish. I'd love to slip this into a blind tasting of Cornas."
International Wine Cellar
Learn About Failla
While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not without its complexities. Founded as Failla Jordan in 1998, it took its name from the husband-and-wife team of winemaker Ehren Jordan and fellow debtor Anne-Marie Failla. That year we planted our Estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and began buying fruit for our first releases, the very Rhône-style '98 Alban Vineyard Viognier and '98 Que Syrah Syrah.
Learn About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...
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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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