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Cliff Lede Syrah, Napa Valley

Cliff Lede Syrah, Napa Valley Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: Laced with smoke and spices, the animal nature of Syrah is tempered in this cuvee by the brightness of Viognier. The aromas of clove, cinnamon stick and nutmeg fill the bouquet, while flavors of blackberry liquor and candied orange peel entrance the palate. The wine is robust with firmly structured tannins balanced by plentiful juicy black fruit. Certainly ready to drink now, it is to be paired with equally robust food: red meat, barbeque, or pizza.

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.
The most acclaimed white wine grape from France's Rhône Valley, Viognier is a highly aromatic varietal, with a flavor profile that could include peach, apricot, nectarine, lichee, musk and flower blossom. The heady perfume of this varietal is one of its trademarks, although its flavors are sometimes problematic in matching with food. However, it does well with lobster, crab and moderately flavored fish. Use it as an apéritif as an alternative to Chardonnay. The "Rhône Rangers" in California have done an excellent job promoting this varietal.


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