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Austin Hope Syrah 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

#76 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

The 2010 Austin Hope Syrah displays a deeply concentrated purple color with aromas of blueberry, cherry and hints of spice and wild herbs. Fresh, juicy berries, plum and red cherry emerge on the palate, balanced by notes of smoked meat and chocolate.

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This red exhibits pure, rich, ripe and concentrated layers of blackberry, boysenberry and black licorice, with tannins that give the flavors depth and traction. Drink now through 2022.

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Austin Hope

Austin Hope

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Austin Hope, , California
Austin Hope
After years of farming Austin began to understand the importance of the vineyard to the wine. He immediately started replanting his family's vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles, in the Templeton Gap area with four different clones of Syrah from France. The vines are planted in high density spacing, ranging from 5'x 5' to 6'x 4' and yielding 1700 to 1900 plants per acre. This is a huge contrast from the normal vineyards found in Paso Robles which range from only 600 to 800 plants per acre. Austin believes that increasing the number of plants per acre and lowering their yield, results in very intense and complex wines. Other varieties found in the vineyard include Grenache and Mourvèdre ; all of these are clones of some of the finest vines in Europe. Farming has always been extremely important to Austin and believes that winemaking is only a small percentage of a great wine. The soils found in the west side area of Paso Robles have an exceedingly beneficial impact on the grapes and are very unique to the area. The vineyard, being only a mere 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, has soils that are very rocky with high amounts of clay and a large percentage of advantageous limestone. These “calcareous” soils greatly contribute to the elegant, fine, grainy tannins that are found in the Austin Hope and Westside Red wines.

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

Viognier

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Full-figured and reminiscent of a potent floral perfume, Viognier is the mandatory grape of the northern Rhône appellation Condrieu and neighboring monopole (an entire appellation dedicated to just one winery) Château Grillet. It is also a blending variety in several appellations throughout the entire Rhône Valley. Viognier is grown throughout much of the world with some degree of success, but is perhaps at its best outside of France in Oregon, Washington, and cooler parts of Australia, where minerality and acidity can be achieved to give the wine the backbone it can sometimes lack.

In the Glass

This is a heady, aromatic variety making rich, complex, and full-bodied white wines redolent of a floral bouquet and assorted stone fruits and tropical fruits, with a hint of spice not unlike that of Gewürztraminer. It is lower in acidity than most white wines, lending to its heavy impression on the palate. While a whiff of Viognier might suggest sweet flavors, these wines are typically quite dry.

Perfect Pairings

Viognier is an intense, bold variety that can easily stand up to gutsy food like pork loin with apricot stuffing, chicken Kiev, or rich, spicy fare.

Sommelier Secret

While Viognier is a white grape, it also plays an important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône, made otherwise from Syrah. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.

RPT92250403_2010 Item# 121192

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