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Miraflores El Dorado Syrah 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Sierra Foothills, California
  • WE92
14.9% ABV
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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".

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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
2005 El Dorado Syrah
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 Barberas are also important regional specialties.

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.

BVWMIRASYRAH_2005 Item# 111014

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