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Estate Syrah

Estate Syrah Wine Details

Description: The three-and four-year-old estate Syrah vines at LD3 Ranch Vineyard produced about 50 cases of this Syrah, all aged in 100% new French oak. This is very terroir-driven wine, perhaps more so than the "Cohete" (which has about 15% of this Syrah in it). After opening up in the glass a bit, the nose reveals scents of leather, sourdough and pan toasted herbes de Provence-or, as simplified by the back label, Texas Hill Country "garrigue." Elegant in its expression, there's an oily yet somewhat "pinot" feel in the mouth (as the case with some of the Michel Ogier Cote-Roties from the mid-late 80's and early 90's). Of all our reds from the 2004 vintage, this is probably the least ready to drink. We think it will continue to improve in the bottle, especially given its commendable natural acidity.

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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