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Miraflores El Dorado Syrah 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Sierra Foothills, California
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14.9% ABV
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3.7 6 Ratings
14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

In the nose, an effusive fruit profile of blueberry and Santa Rosa plum merges with white peppery varietal spice, violet-like perfumes and smoky oak. On the palate, the tannin and oak-enlarged fruit take on a roasted, meaty viscosity, and the varietal spice, an anise-like flavor, mingles with dense, stony notes of terroir that winemaker Marco describes as "graphite".

Critical Acclaim

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From the first sniff to the finish, this is really a good Syrah. It impresses for its richness and balance, and the way it brings a taste of the earth to the ripe fruit. Grown at 2,600 feet in the Sierra Nevada, it’s concentrated in cassis, licorice, cocoa, pepper and Provençal herb flavors, and is most notable for its harmony and complexity. Absolutely delicious, a first-class Syrah.
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Miraflores Winery

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Miraflores Winery, Sierra Foothills, California
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Nestled in a quiet canyon in the mountainous Sierra Foothills stand the breathtaking vineyards of Miraflores Winery. The vineyards are the soul of the winery. Each vineyard is cultivated to infuse its natural characteristics into every bottle. The commitment to excellence continues in the winemaking artistry for each small-lot production. Miraflores Winery strives to emulate the old world tradition of crafting memorable wines, while also being attentive to the creation of gracious surroundings.

Sierra Foothills

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Originally a source of oenological sustenance for gold-seeking miners of the mid-1800s, the Sierra Foothills was the first region in California to produce wines from European grape varieties. Located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, this area’s immigrant settlers chose to forgo growing the then-ubiquitous Mission grape and instead brought with them superior vines from the Old World to plant alongside mining camps.

Zinfandel has been the most important variety of this region since its inception, taking on a spicy character with brambly fruit and firm structure. Amador and El Dorado counties, benefiting from the presence of volcanic and granite soils, are home to the best examples. Bold, robust Rhône Blends and Barbera are also important regional specialties.

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.

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