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Firestone Santa Ynez Syrah 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Grilled meat, and very gamy at first with sweet wood tones in balance, with nuances of black pepper, dried tomato, and big notes of smoke. A touch disjointed, big and rich but with acid poking out right up front, very soft tannins, lots of easy fruit on the mid-palate with a good transparent quality then not a lot of follow through though the tannins, soft as they are, become more obvious on the finish which does have a nice wild cherry/ blackberry candy note. 86pts

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Firestone Vineyard:
Founded in 1972 by father and son, Leonard and Brooks Firestone, Firestone Vineyard has enjoyed 35 years of family stewardship. Recently, so that they might concentrate on their burgeoning beer business and smaller Curtis Winery, the Firestone family decided to sell their iconic winery. In doing so, they turned to fellow Santa Barbara vintner Bill Foley (Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery, Linco... Read more
Founded in 1972 by father and son, Leonard and Brooks Firestone, Firestone Vineyard has enjoyed 35 years of family stewardship. Recently, so that they might concentrate on their burgeoning beer business and smaller Curtis Winery, the Firestone family decided to sell their iconic winery. In doing so, they turned to fellow Santa Barbara vintner Bill Foley (Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery, Lincourt Vineyards) as the logical next shepherd for the famous property. As the Firestone’s identified earlier on, Bill, too, recognized Santa Barbara County as the ideal location for the production of world class wines. Bill has vowed to continue the Firestone tradition in striving for the very best in vineyard management and cutting edge winemaking discipline. The vineyard focuses on optimal physiological balance in the vines yielding wines that are brightly flavored, crisp and delicious. Estate Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah vineyards are located on a series of mesas that have gravelly sub-soils, ideally oriented for perfect exposure. The Firestone Vineyard tasting room offers regular winery tours, delicious wines to sample and an idyllic setting for al fresco picnics. Visit the “new” Firestone Vineyard and experience the vision of hospitality that is shared by Bill Foley and the Firestone Family! Read less

Editorial Reviews for Firestone Santa Ynez Syrah

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/22/2009

Grilled meat, and very gamy at first with sweet wood tones in balance, with nuances of black pepper, dried tomato, and big notes of smoke. A touch disjointed, big and rich but with acid poking out right up front, very soft tannins, lots of easy fruit on the mid-palate with a good transparent quality then not a lot of follow through though the tannins, soft as they are, become more obvious on the finish which does have a nice wild cherry/ blackberry candy note. 86pts


Member Reviews for Firestone Santa Ynez Syrah

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Snooth User: 10cels
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/14/2011

Nose is big with cherries and plums. Not as much heat as you would expect. Dark fruits show strength up front. Nice ruby hue, but lacking that vibrancy on the edges. In the palette, bold and concentrated, same dark fruits opening mid palette that were sensed on the noise. This wine has power but not too much finesse. Perfect entry to mid level syrah for those seeking to explore this varietal further. Chewy with nice acid structure and soft tannins on the end.


3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/22/2009

Vapor nose (nothing there!). Palate is tangy and leathery with a larger red fruit character. Nice licorice flavors and a fresh crisp refreshing acidity. Long finish adorned with pepper.

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Snooth User: crickf
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/27/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: k8tzar
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 09/09/2007

Four glasses


Snooth User: zackmctee
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2002 08/07/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Firestone Santa Ynez Syrah

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Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Syrah was harvested entirely from the Firestone Vineyard estate in the Santa Ynez Valley. It offers deep black fruit aromas with hints of caramel, vanilla and juniper berry. A full, juicy texture unfolds with flavors of blackberry and raspberry while a subtle smoky quality adds complexity to the palate. Accents of mocha and white pepper accompany smooth, supple tannins on a long finish.



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