Jaffurs Thompson Vineyard Syrah 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
The 2007 Thompson Vineyard Syrah, has gripping tannin, powerful fruit forward flavors. More tannic than in 2006, it has flavors of spiced candy cherries with hints of sweet tar and tobacco. Cedar and chocolate mint aromas are beginning to emerge. It has Thompson's classic candy quality that clings to your glass and sticks to your lips. Made using two new French, two new American and older barrels.
The Wine Advocate - "The sensational 2007 Syrah Thompson Vineyard's dense purple color is followed by a big, sweet kiss of melted road tar, tobacco leaf, chocolate, pepper, underbrush, blackberry, and cassis. This unfined/unfiltered Syrah, which spent 14 months in French barrels, is one of the most forward of these Syrahs. "
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Smoked meat, raspberry and singed cherries on the nose, with suave notes of Asian spices and violet. A bright but deeply concentrated wine, with a silky texture, zesty red berry flavors and a late note of candied flowers. Becomes livelier with air and finishes with gentle grip and impressive persistence. This wine is balanced to age."
Wine Spectator - "Rustic and earthy, dense and concentrated, with a leathery road tar edge to the dried dark berry flavors. Distinctive and potent, this packs in lots of flavor, framed by sturdy tannins. Drink now through 2017. 344 cases made. "
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Jaffurs Wine Cellars Winery
Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhône varietal wines with a new-world independence. It is one of the newest wineries in Santa Barbara County. Owner/winemaker Craig Jaffurs, working out of the Central Coast Wine Warehouse in Santa Maria, produced his first wines during the 1994 harvest. During the 1999 harvest, production increased to 2500 cases including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, and Roussanne. View all Jaffurs Wine Cellars Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
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.