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Martian Red Shift Syrah 2012

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
    14.1% ABV
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    14.1% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Spicy and red fruited nose with nuances of cinnamon, a fresh herbal stemmy underlay, and some deep green olive aromatics. The palate shows a little meatiness, and some dark berry fruit with a long mineral laced finish. But enough about that. When grapes collide with science, is Syrah the sound they make? Case in point: Before he lent his name to a space telescope, Edwin Hubble was an American astronomer whose observation of the red shift phenomenon led to the astounding and somewhat comforting idea that the galaxy is expanding. Therefore, so are our options. And Red Shift Syrah is one of them. As far as collisions go, DNA profiling has rooted out the ancient origins of Syrah. It turns out to be the long ago progeny of two obscure southeastern French grapes: Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. As we now know, when they came together, their universe expanded. And the resulting phenomenon is our Martian Ranch Red Shift. Your own universe will begin to expand at the popping of the cork and will continue to the finish and beyond.

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    Martian, Central Coast, California
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    Martian is a down to earth winery in Los Alamos California that is dedicated to the journey. From sky to ground to grape to barrel to bottle and straight into your glass. Martian Ranch & Vineyard is the creation of its proprietor Nan Helgeland. Despite rumors to the contrary, Martian is the blending of the names of her sons Martin and Ian. The Martian seen occasionally on the premises is as much a mystery to her as it is to anyone else.

    Central Coast

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches 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 San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

    While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

    Syrah/Shiraz

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    Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

    Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

    In the Glass

    Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

    Perfect Pairings

    Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

    Sommelier Secret

    Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

    RVLMX12RSSY_2012 Item# 141376