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Arrowood Syrah Sonoma Valley le Beau Melange 2003

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Solid Rhone-style syrah. Full of smoked meat, peppery spice and some leather. Well balanced fruit and tannins. Served with a hardwood grilled black pepper dusted bone-in ribeye, a well-suited companion. Finished the bottle with several cheeses, including Epoisses (delicious!) and Pico Picandine (goat cheese camembert, overpowered by the wine).

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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wi... Read more
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for more than four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988. Read less
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Member Reviews for Arrowood Syrah Sonoma Valley le Beau Melange

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Snooth User: jsorey
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12/09/2007

Solid Rhone-style syrah. Full of smoked meat, peppery spice and some leather. Well balanced fruit and tannins. Served with a hardwood grilled black pepper dusted bone-in ribeye, a well-suited companion. Finished the bottle with several cheeses, including Epoisses (delicious!) and Pico Picandine (goat cheese camembert, overpowered by the wine).


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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 91Blackberry, cassis, incense, Chinese black tea, and pepper aromas jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-colored cuvee. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannin, a fleshy mid-palate, and a smooth, persistent finish, this outstanding Syrah should drink well for 5-7 years.Wine Tasting NotesDistinctive and dramatic, this is a showcase wine. In the nose, concentrated aromas of plum, blackberry and licorice mix with a perfume of lychee nuts. Dense, ripe fruit, chocolate and roasted coffee bean flavors give the wine a captivating sweetness on the palate, reminiscent of a perfectly prepared cappuccino. With its formidable structure, chewy tannins and surprising depth, this wine integrates the essence, or terroir, of Saralee's Vineyard with the true varietal character of the fruit. It is a classic example of Syrahs beauty sweetly perfumed, voluptuously textured, and charmingly persistent.




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