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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.
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 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.
The Wine Advocate
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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. "
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.
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...Read More About Central Coast
(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...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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