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Barrel 27 Head Honcho Syrah 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

The 2006 release of the Head Honcho is a composite of Syrah's from Three Creek, Laetitia, Larner, Whitehawk and Watch Hill vineyards made by McPrice Myers Wine Co. and Herman Story Wines. This ultra dark, powerfully constructed Syrah offers up a whopping nose of dense raspberry, boysenberry, black berry fruit and blood orange. Wrapped in floral scents of lavender, lilac and violets which are rounded out with spice notes of black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg, ripe olive and sweet mint. Weighty in the mouth with dense, pure fruit, great acidity and robust tannins, the long finish shows bright red fruit notes of dried cranberry, sour cherry and boysenberry buried in spice and sweet milk chocolate. Always our biggest and boldest, but not ever a bank-buster, enjoy this complex wine as it opens up and shows even more layers of aromas.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Head Honcho, a deep, full-bodied, broadly-flavored Syrah offering copious quantities of creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, and barbecue smoke. Richly fruity with a lush texture and sweet tannin, it can be enjoyed over the next 4-5 years.
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Barrel 27

Barrel 27

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Barrel 27, Central Coast, California
We work. We work hard to make good wine. You work. You work hard and need good wine. You might have money, but maybe you’re like us. We make Barrel 27 wines for people like us. If you work, and we mean work hard, and you need to drink good wine, and still make your mortgage payments, car payments, kid payments and pet payments, we’re here for you. Our goal is to make wine that works hard at helping hard working America relax for a minute, take a load off, and remove the nose from the grindstone for a while. We hope you enjoy them.

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.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

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