Stickybeak Syrah 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from California
The 2009 Syrah has an edgy, dynamic tasting profile with a vibrant nose of red berry compote, black pepper and spice aromas readily apparent. The palate follows suit adding a melange of cedar, red currants and orange rind to the mix. This is a medium bodied Syrah with quite a sensual mouthfeel - there's a silkiness and freshness that invigorates the mouth through its persistent finish.
International Wine Cellar - "Full ruby. Spice- and floral-accented aromas of dark berries and cherry, with a smoky topnote. Juicy and precise, offering bright black and blue fruit flavors sharpened by a peppery quality. Flavorful but lithe, with very good finishing bite and length."
Some people might say we’re busybodies or nosey neighbors although we prefer the Australian term ‘stickybeak’. And being Napa based wine industry folk, it’s hard not to be intrigued about the stunning vineyards and regions that surround us. In fact, as inquisitive vintners it seemed only natural that we’d have a bit of a stickybeak in our own backyard to see what we could find.
With a winemaking mate of ours, Wayne Donaldson (a veteran of 30 vintages at well known estates such as Brokenwood in Australia and Domaine Chandon in Napa), and a great roster of growers, we’ve been able to produce wines that not only sing stridently of their origins but also deliver a wallop in the flavor department – not meaning heavy and overdone, but simply long, lingering and wonderfully focused. Wines that invite another charge. View all Stickybeak Wines
About Other California
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 wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
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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4 ratings, 3 with reviewsWV Cornhusker - New Martinsville, WV25/16/2014
was not impressed with this wine.Andrew Link - Schaumburg, IL35/14/2014
- Light & Fruity
- Pair With
- not sure
Fruity and very drinkable. A nice budget-friendly Syrah.Jas P - Annapolis, MD45/8/2014
- Smooth & Supple
ROBO3591 - Bellmore, NY54/12/2014
- Smooth & Supple
VERY SMOOTH,DELICIOUS-AN EFFORT TO NOT FINISH THE BOTTLE IN ONE SITTING.....BY MYSELF!!!
- Smooth & Supple
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.
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