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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.
This is the ninth vintage of Matanzas Creek's limited production Syrah, the third crafted
by winemaker Francois Cordesse. Eighty-five percent Syrah, this wine also includes small percentages of
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, which each add unique character to the final wine blend. The Syrah fruit was sourced from vineyards located in cooler regions of Sonoma County. Francois meticulously
selected fruit that ripened slowly in order to ensure rich and intense flavor character. Francois notes, "Syrah is
very difficult to grow and vinify, but the result is well worth the effort."
The 2004 Syrah exhibits a deep, ruby red color, hinting at the density of flavors to come. The initial nose is of
violets and loam from a forest after the rain. The second nose delivers dark ripe fruit, leather and tobacco
leaves. The wine is exceedingly soft on the palate, caressing the mouth with the velvety taste of black cherries
and ripe plums, a distinct note of pepper and cinnamon, and a remarkable tannic structure. The overall
experience is generous and substantial, and the finish is long and luscious.
Francois recommends that this Syrah be served cool and decanted for 20 to 30 minutes prior to serving. The
wine will age for another four to five years, reaching its peak in approximately three years. At this point it will
have developed deeper, earthier characteristics and a stronger leather note.
Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a retired dairy farm in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. In 1985, the original winery, a converted dairy barn, gave way to a modern winemaking facility and since that time the Estate's Bennett Valley vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres of Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Vineyard acquisitions in Sonoma Valley,...Read More About Matanzas Creek
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
(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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