Range: 90-92 Points"
X Winery Amicus Napa Valley Syrah 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
This Syrah is sourced from a small vineyard surrounded by ancient, well-weathered oak trees. The "Quercus Block" is named after the Latin term for oak tree and is comprised of vines that are hand-farmed with meticulous effort.
Bright wild berries and blackberry are complemented with abundant spice. Black pepper, clove, vanilla, coconut and a hint of cedar smoke swirl together in the mouthfeel. The finish is a silky mid-palate with sufficient tannin backbone for aging.
After the wine has aged in 100 percent new oak barrels for 22 months, our winemaking team selects the best barrels to represent the Quercus Block vineyard.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Syrah is darker and firmer than the 2009. There is terrific focus and precision to the fruit in this delineated, beautifully articulate wine. Mint, flowers, licorice and spices wrap around the insistent finish.
X Winery & Amicus were created in 2000 by an MS/MBA candidate with the idea of creating niche wines to satisfy needs in the marketplace. Our passion and commitment is to build on what our predecessors (over the last 4000 years) have accomplished, and provide wines in underserved segments. Our company is focused on innovation, efficiency, service, and imagination and we have a deep desire to satisfy wine lovers the world over. View all X Winery Wines
About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
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.
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Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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