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Church & State Wines Syrah Saddle Ridge Vineyard 2005

Member Review by zufrieden:

Church and State Wines located in Brentwood Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia sources most of its grapes from the Okaganan Valley as in the case of Saddle Ridge. This 100% Syrah was bottle-aged by the writer for 2 years in reasonable cellaring conditions. The results, as they say, were better than expected. The wine is dark and brooding with havana cigar and plum predominating on the nose. With well-integrated oak and tannin, the wine is perfect for immediate consumption. Leather, white pepper and dessicated black fruit flavors caress the palate followed by a medium to long finish. Excellent balance. Compares favorably with a Crozes-Hermitage from a good purveyor and vintage. One of the best varietal examples from the region. Well dbne!

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Church and State Wines:
At Church & State, we use grapes we grow on 121 acres of the finest grape-producing regions in British Columbia. We produce 14,000 cases of ultra premium and premium VQA white and red wines in the following varieties and vintages: Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and our full five varietal Bordeaux ... Read more
At Church & State, we use grapes we grow on 121 acres of the finest grape-producing regions in British Columbia. We produce 14,000 cases of ultra premium and premium VQA white and red wines in the following varieties and vintages: Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and our full five varietal Bordeaux blend, "Quintessential". Bill Dyer, our Master Winemaker and a driving force in Napa Valley wineries for 27 years, guides our wine-making operations. We age our wines in fine French oak barrels and use modern cellar tools and methods to produce high quality white and red wines. With our main production facility moving to Oliver, the Victoria location will become our secondary wine-making area. The Okanagan winery is located in the heart of the Oliver region, with our soon to be built tasting bar amongst the vineyards on Coyote Bowl. Our Victoria winery is located on the scenic Saanich Peninsula just a short drive from downtown Victoria, the Victoria International Airport and the B.C. Ferry Terminal, amidst pastoral farms and forests on the road to the historic Butchart Gardens, the most popular attraction in Western Canada. Each location includes a wine tasting bar and a shop where you can purchase wine gifts and wine accessories and locally hand-crafted chocolates. At the Saanich winery, we offer a large function room overlooking our vineyards and the peaks of the peninsula for your next celebration or corporate event. Read less

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Snooth User: zufrieden
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11/26/2009

Church and State Wines located in Brentwood Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia sources most of its grapes from the Okaganan Valley as in the case of Saddle Ridge. This 100% Syrah was bottle-aged by the writer for 2 years in reasonable cellaring conditions. The results, as they say, were better than expected. The wine is dark and brooding with havana cigar and plum predominating on the nose. With well-integrated oak and tannin, the wine is perfect for immediate consumption. Leather, white pepper and dessicated black fruit flavors caress the palate followed by a medium to long finish. Excellent balance. Compares favorably with a Crozes-Hermitage from a good purveyor and vintage. One of the best varietal examples from the region. Well dbne!




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