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Syrah Estate Santa Cruz Mountains

Syrah Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: In 1968 I visited Dr. Alley at Davis because of my desire to produce a spicy, Rhone-style wine. Based on Dr. Alley's assurance that our Petite Syrah was Syrah, I commenced to work on Petite Syrah. Of course now we know that the parentage of Petite Syrah is Syrah and Peloursin. This explains the rather remarkable similarity of the black pepper spiciness of both of these wines. My tasting notes describe dark berries, herbal notes as well as earthiness. Also apparent are traces of vanilla and nutmeg. The palate is sturdy in structure and even so is already hinding of the David Bruce signature of velvety tannins with three or four years of cellaring.

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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