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Shadow Canyon Cellars Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2001

Rhone Red Blends from York Mountain, Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

Shadow Canyon is a mountain vineyard located on California's central coast. Located in the East-West corridor known as the Templeton Gap, the vineyard lies at 1,600' elevation approximately 8 miles from the ocean. The corridor allows cool marine air and fog to roll into the vineyard, which experiences daytime highs in the 80's and 90's with nighttime lows in the 40's. This large diurnal temperature swing promotes a long growing season and balanced fruit development.

Critical Acclaim

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From a coolish appellation west of Paso Robles, a very good interpretation of a cool- climate Syrah. It is fruity, with cherry and blackberry flavors that have an edge of leather and white pepper, and the tannins are firm, but they are smooth, ripe and thoroughly enjoyable. A winery to watch.
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Shadow Canyon Cellars

Shadow Canyon Cellars

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Shadow Canyon Cellars, York Mountain, Central Coast, California
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Shadow Canyon is a mountain vineyard located on California's Central Coast planted to Syrah and Grenache. Located in the middle of the East-West corridor known as the Templeton gap, the vineyard lies at a 1,600' elevation approximately 8 miles from the ocean. The corridor allows cool marine air and fog to roll into the vineyard, which experiences daytime highs in the 80's and 90's, with nighttime lows in the 40's. This large diurnal temperature swing promotes a long growing season and balanced fruit development.

York Mountain

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Located on the eastern side of the Santa Lucia Mountains and west of the Paso Robles AVA, the York Mountain AVA is only seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. With a strong marine influence and vineyards planted around 1,500 feet, York Mountain is cooler and wetter than the rest of Paso Robles.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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