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Syrah Wine Details

Description: The nose says “Massive”. The tannins scream “Sophisticated”. The 2003 Syrah is an interesting wine. The extraction was terrific with great color and a powerful nose. However the wines are incredibly approachable as the tannin structure is soft and sophisticated even a few months after bottling. The nose features jammy blackberries, dark leathery undertones and nutmeg spice. Rasberry, Black pepper, leather, smoke and dark berries are evident on the palette. Hints of clove, nutmeg and vanilla add to the complexity of the 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.


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