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Central Coast Syrah

Central Coast Syrah Wine Details
Price: $14.99 per bottle

Description: Our California coastal Syrah is a ripe, succulent and decadent wine. Grapes from Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Paso Robles vineyards provide rich varietal character for this juicy and exotic wine. Grapes were brought into the winery, cold soaked and fermented in small tanks similar to those used for pinot noir. Gentle handling and pressing of the grapes preserved fresh fruit aromas and flavors. Oak aging in both French and American barrels for approximately eight months imparted subtle allspice, cinnamon and caramel notes. Blueberry pie with nuances of chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, cedar, and anise all contribute to a wine of depth and complexity with supple tannins and a long fruit finish.

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.
Pinot Noir:
The name is derived from the French words for ‘pine’ and ‘black’ alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. By volume most Pinot Noir in America is grown in California with Oregon coming in second. Other regions are Washington State and New York.During 2004 and the beginning of 2005, Pinot Noir became considerably more popular amongst consumers in the United States, possibly because of the movie Sideways. Being lighter in style, it has benefited from a trend toward more restrained, less alcoholic wines. It is the delicate, subtle, complex and elegant nature of this wine that encourages growers and winemakers to cultivate this difficult grape. Robert Parker has described Pinot Noir: "When it's great, Pinot Noir produces the most complex, hedonistic, and remarkably thrilling red wine in the world."


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