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Napa Valley Syrah

Napa Valley Syrah Wine Details

Description: The 2000 Gregory Graham Napa Valley Syrah is dark, bold and beautiful, with an intense inky color. The aromas of the wine are classic Syrah consisting of intense blackberry and blueberry, surrounded by rose petal, mocha, and vanilla. The flavors are creamy rich blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, and smoked meats, further enhanced by soft structured tannins and a flavorful finish. this wine calls for heavier fare such as peppered/blackened steak, lamb, or roast duck. It is also an excellent accompaniment to most wild game. This is our fourth vintage of our Napa Valley Syrah. Our previous Syrahs have been very well received by all who have had the opportunity to enjoy them. We are so committed to Syrah and other Rhone varieties that we have planted eight acres of Syrah and Grenache at our small estate vineyard located in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County.

Varietal Definition
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.
Grenache Noir is the world’s most widely planted grape used to make red wine, sometimes made into a stand-alone varietal, frequently as a Rosé, but most often as a backbone of red blends. Its strength is its ability to grow in arid and windy conditions. It’s particularly suited to warm coastal regions of California, Spain and France. Grenache-based wines tend to be high in alcohol, with attractive fruit qualities in youth and a sweet berry character.Used as a component in some Northern Rhône reds, nearly exclusively for Rhône Rosés and as the primary component in nearly all Southern Rhône red blends, Grenache is probably most notable as the base varietal for Chateauneuf du Pape, Cotes du Rhône and Gigondas. In spite of its fame coming from French wines, Spain is most likely this grape’s origin.


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