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Marietta Syrah 2000

Syrah/Shiraz from California
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Winemaker Notes

The '99 Syrah offers a nose of dense black fruit, sweet oak, and hints of vanilla. The heavy, meaty, and earthy aromas are a classic depiction of what this variety has to offer. The lush, creamy entry is immediately mouth filling with dense black fruit and plum flavor. Additionaly, with oak and vanilla bean accents and a warm lingering, slightly tannic finish, this is a wine very approachable in its younger stages but hefty enough to offer added complexity and refinement with additional bottle time.

Syrah is an interesting grape to work with. From a growing standpoint it is a pleasure, as it seems to advance from bud break to harvest with minimal problems and impressive results. From a winemaking standpoint, it offers facets of interest different from other varieties: fruit inundated with earthy tannins. It is a grape with both versatility and classic style. The '99 Syrah is highlighted by 14% Petite Syrah for additional backbone. Three thousand cases were produced.

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Marietta

Marietta

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Marietta, California
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Marietta is a second-generation, estate-driven family winery founded on the principle that a great bottle of red wine belongs on every family table, and that winemaking at its best is a creative and instinctual act. From the winery's flagship Old Vine Red, to its estate-grown Family Series and Single Estate Series, the wines are deep, structured and bright.

As Marietta celebrates 40 years, the team continues to turn hard work, a blessed climate, special pieces of land, and belief into beautiful liquid expressions of family and place. 

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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