MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Syrah 2001

Syrah/Shiraz from California

Item No. 58339
  • red wine
  • WS91
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Winemaker's Notes

"Very intense and marked by a strong white pepper and spicy character, exhibiting dense blackberry, beef, leather and exotic spices, accented by bay leaf, finishing with chewy, beefy, leathery tannins. Best from 2004 through 2012."
-Wine Spectator

This Syrah has a powerful aroma of dark fruit, particularly blackberry and blueberry. There are also notes of white pepper and raspberry. In the mouth, I enjoy the concentrated, ‘fat' texture that is pleasantly sweet. There are also nuances of chocolate and game meat that add interest to the long finish. Overall, I think my 2001 Wildcat Mountain Syrah is a good example of a well-extracted wine (well-extracted meaning concentrated with fruit flavors, and aromas along with color and other components from the grape skins). This wine is ready to drink right now, especially with its pleasant "lightness" on the palate. Make no mistake about it, however, this vintage of my Wildcat Mountain Syrah will last (and develop in the bottle) for many years.
-Steve MacRostie

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MacRostie Winery and Vineyards was founded by winemaker Steve MacRostie in 1987. As a believer in the unique character of Carneros fruit, and an innovative winemaker pioneering a more fresh and sophisticated style of Chardonnay, Steve dedicated himself to crafting wines embodying an authentic sense of place. In 1992, realizing the vast potential for producing stunning, age-worthy...

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California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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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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