Jade Mountain Napa Syrah 2004
Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
Our Jade Mountain 2004 Napa Valley Syrah is a serious wine with both intensity and character. We included small portions of Viognier, Carignane, and Grenache in the blend, to give the wine a touch of exotic charm and balance. After harvesting the fruit for the 2004 Napa Valley Syrah, we gave it a three to four day cold soak, keeping each lot separate. This was followed by a high temperature fermentation (88°F to 92°F), after which the grapes were allowed to rest on the skins for about 21 days.
This 2004 Syrah shows black cherry and cassis aromas, with hints of toasty wood. Big flavors of chewy coffee and black fruit are followed by a rolling chocolate finish. This intense wine pairs well with game birds, lamb and spicy barbecued ribs.
We sourced the majority of the fruit for the 2004 Napa Valley Syrah from two Napa Valley vineyards. Juliana Vineyard in Pope Valley provided deep, inky-colored and fully ripened fruit. Clarke Vineyard in the southernmost section of Napa in American Canyon supplied grapes with cool climate finesse, black cherry aromas and dense, dark chocolate flavors
"A rich, savory, supple-textured wine, with spicy wild berry amid hints of game meat, sage and herb. Ends with a vivid blueberry flavor that's distinct and captivating."
Jade Mountain Winery
Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of Rhône-style California wines. The winery was founded with the belief that carefully chosen California vineyard sites planted to Rhône grape varieties can achieve quality on a par with the best from France and Australia.
Paras Vineyard, Jade Mountain's flagship vineyard, rests on the upper slopes of Mount Veeder, overlooking the Napa Valley. With rocky vine terraces and eastern exposures reminiscent of the finest Northern Rhône vineyards, Paras Vineyard grows Syrah and other Rhône grapes of truly exciting quality. From this and other select vineyards, Jade Mountain creates Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier and a proprietary southern Rhône-style blend called La Provençale
Jade Mountain uses only the highest-quality grapes and practices traditional winemaking techniques to produce wines displaying intense fruit and spice and silky smoothness on the palate. These wines are appealing in their youth as well as eminently age-worthy.
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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 lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable Facts Within the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
It'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.
7 ratings, 5 with reviews
Nice velvety delicious wine. Not sure its good value at $25, but at $14 its a steal!
A great deal of flavor. Fruity but not overpowering. Much better than similar more expensive winse. Great sale.
wonderful taste and color for a wonderful price.
wine.com wants me to review this wine, so what to say? It's good. I like it. But I'm still searching ev'ry whichaway for a great wine in this price range, and while very nice, this wine isn't it.
Wonderful, full-bodied syrah, I bought more!
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.