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Jaffurs Thompson Vineyard Syrah 2007

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • WS91
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Winemaker Notes

The 2007 Thompson Vineyard Syrah, has gripping tannin, powerful fruit forward flavors. More tannic than in 2006, it has flavors of spiced candy cherries with hints of sweet tar and tobacco. Cedar and chocolate mint aromas are beginning to emerge. It has Thompson's classic candy quality that clings to your glass and sticks to your lips. Made using two new French, two new American and older barrels.

Critical Acclaim

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

The sensational 2007 Syrah Thompson Vineyard's dense purple color is followed by a big, sweet kiss of melted road tar, tobacco leaf, chocolate, pepper, underbrush, blackberry, and cassis. This unfined/unfiltered Syrah, which spent 14 months in French barrels, is one of the most forward of these Syrahs.

WS 91
Wine Spectator

Rustic and earthy, dense and concentrated, with a leathery road tar edge to the dried dark berry flavors. Distinctive and potent, this packs in lots of flavor, framed by sturdy tannins. Drink now through 2017. 344 cases made.

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Jaffurs Wine Cellars

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Jaffurs Wine Cellars, , California
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Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhône varietal wines with a new-world independence. It is one of the newest wineries in Santa Barbara County. Owner/winemaker Craig Jaffurs, working out of the Central Coast Wine Warehouse in Santa Maria, produced his first wines during the 1994 harvest. During the 1999 harvest, production increased to 2500 cases including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, and Roussanne.

Sonoma Coast

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs from the San Pablo Bay to the Mendocino County border. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the “true” Sonoma Coast, marked by high rainfall, marine soils, cool temperatures, and saline ocean breezes, from which one can actually see the ocean—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, creating a diversity of wine styles. Contained within the appellation is the much smaller and more focused Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.

Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah, with high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and fruit that is rarely overripe. One of the most favorable sites within the region is the Petaluma Gap, where a break in the coastal mountain range allows Pacific winds and fog to funnel through and cool the vineyards.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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