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Clay Station Shiraz 2002

Syrah/Shiraz from California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Shiraz is also known as Syrah. It is the same grape and appears under either name depending on the winery. 2002 was a warm vintage in the Lodi growing region. Syrah matured fully and to its optimum. The wine has fermented at warm temperatures and in small batches using rather gentle techniques that maximized color and flavor extraction without adding bitterness. The addition of Petite Sirah, Tempranillo and Cabernet created additional depth and complexity, while a mere touch of oak enhanced the bright fruit character of the wine. The Clay Station 2002 Shiraz is a big, full-bodied red wine with flavors of ripe plum and black cherries and hints of toasty vanilla. This is an opulent wine with remarkably silky viscosity and a long, lingering finish. Try it with spicy barbeque beef ribs or pork stuffed with proscuitto or mozzarella cheese.

    Critical Acclaim

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    Each wine is created from rare or more difficult to grow grape varieties that, when grown properly, exhibit intense fruit character and flavor. Many of these varietals endow other wines with greater character and complexity - but when grown, harvested and made into wine with the utmost care, they can create remarkably flavorful and interesting wines all by themselves.

    Clay Station wines are crafted to capture flavors that go well beyond the traditional Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet.

    California

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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

    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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