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Here's one for fans of Northern Rhone Styled Wines

Posted by outthere, Jun 20, 2013.

Had a real nice Napa Valley Syrah last night that reminded me so much of the Northern Rhone that I wanted to share it with my Snooth buds.

  • 2010 Four Cairn Syrah - Napa Valley - St Helena  Had an itch for a Syrah after weeks of Rosé, Whites with some assorted reds mixes in. Wasn't sure about opening this since my experience with the '09 was that they needed time. Different vintage different results.
    This is a small production wine, 170 cases, from a vineyard at the base of Spring Mountain in St Helena. Warm climate but lots of afternoon shade allow it to develop a nice acid structure an some red raspberry notes. The only place I have seen this is at BP Wines in SH. Worth seeking out, especially if you are a Northern Rhone fan.
    On pop n pour this had an incredibly bloody nose. Deep, dark, intense blood, iron and extracted fruit. Seemed a bit hotter than the 14.7 listed on the bottle but that blew off with air. The nose added a nice menthol and game note that wrapped around some nice tart blue and red berry fruit. Texturally is medium plus bodied and supported with good acidity and abundant tannins. Well structured and stuffed for a long life. Great that it shows so nicely at this young stage. Was exactly what I was pining for tonight.



Reply by JonDerry, Jun 20, 2013.

Well done, yet another CA Syrah to pit on the watch list.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 20, 2013.

Been hankering for some Syrah myself, so we had a rose of syrah last night.  (And a Rouet rose, and a Mathis grenache, and a bottle of Zin and some single malt.  Whew!)

We drove over Spring Mtn on Memorial Day weekend and passed Four Cairn.  I've been skeptical of Napa Syrah, although I had some from Truchard down in Carneros that was special.  Just seems like it gets too hot there now, and there are so many good ones from Sonoma County that OT has led me to, not to mention that Halcon.  But OT has never steered me wrong on Syrah yet, so I'll have to hop on over to BPW soon. 

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