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Syrah Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Blended with 96% Syrah and 4% of Viognier, the 2003 Syrah brings together both components of the famous Cote Rotie wines. The floral, spicy fruit bouquet precedes peppery, dark fruit and earthy flavors accompanied by licorice and mint. This wine will make a fine accompaniment to a wide range of Mediterranean style foods and grilled meat dishes. Grapes for this blend were hand harvested, fermented together (i.e., co-fermented) in open top fermenters, pressed gently in a basket bladder press, and then aged 10 months in small oak barrels prior to bottling.

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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