Io Upper Bench Syrah 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California

$48.00 $29.99
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Item No. 104626
  • red wine
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2006 Upper Bench Syrah has aroma profiles of dark plum, black pepper, white pepper, and hints of brown spice. The wine displays a very full mouth with a rich tannin profile of chalky tannins and flavors of dark cherry, dark plum, black pepper, a hint of leatheriness, and a long, smoky toast finish.

The Upper Bench Vineyard (Nielson and Tepusquet) is located in eastern Santa Maria Valley at the foothills of the San Rafael Mountains. Coastal influences from the nearby Pacific Ocean keep temperatures moderately cool, help lengthen the growing season, and promote slow, even ripening of the grapes. Climatic conditions are considered a warm Region I to a cool Region II on the U.C. Davis scale. Clones in the vineyard include the Durrell selection, known for complexity and richness, and Clone 01 of the Australian series, recognized for its forward fruit character.

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Inspired by the winemaking heritage of the Southern Rhone Valley, Io is unique to Santa Barbara County. Its style is reminiscent of the dark fruit characteristics found in the great red wines of the Northern Rhone Valley, but its harmonious marriage of several varieties-namely Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre-reflects the tradition of artful blending of the Southern Rhone. Fruit for...

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Learn 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 Facts...

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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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