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Four Vines Syrah Paso Robles 2006

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2006 "Kiler Canyon Vineyard " Syrah, Paso Robles The Kiler Canyon Vineyard is planted in shallow rocky soils streaked with limestone. Don and Barbara Hofer farm the vineyard to produce highly concentrated fruit of impeccable quality and character. The wine was produced by hand in small bins and aged for 14 months in 100% French Oak.

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Four Vines Winery:
First there was ONE. Winemaker CHRISTIAN TIETJE is a hedonist. He is passionate about wine: making it, drinking it and bringing people together to enjoy it. Chris learned to love balanced, food-driven wines as an aspiring young chef in Boston. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, determined to pursue his passion and become a winemaker. He fell head over heels for old vine Zinfandel, and began ... Read more
First there was ONE. Winemaker CHRISTIAN TIETJE is a hedonist. He is passionate about wine: making it, drinking it and bringing people together to enjoy it. Chris learned to love balanced, food-driven wines as an aspiring young chef in Boston. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, determined to pursue his passion and become a winemaker. He fell head over heels for old vine Zinfandel, and began planning for bigger things. Then there were TWO. In 1994, Christian partnered with SUSAN A. MAHLER, a brainy and beautiful scientist and pilot, whom he nicknamed “SAM.” Armed with a degree in Earth Science, SAM took an immediate interest in vineyards. Together they created Four Vines Winery featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak “Naked” Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. They relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form, as in the rogue Rhone blend “Anarchy.” Now there are THREE. Christian and SAM worked harder than ever to grow their winery to 14,000 cases, but they needed someone to help share the load. They connected with an old friend from Christian’s childhood, BILL GRANT, a successful entrepreneur and financier. Bill joined Four Vines as an advisor and financier in 2002 and joined the partnership in 2004, growing to approximately 40,000 cases and introducing new wines named Heretic and Phoenix. Bill travels across the country, turning on new audiences to the Four Vines Incident. Makers of fleshy, seductive wines for aficionados and hedonists alike, Four Vines brings a refreshing, playfully irreverent attitude to the industry. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Four Vines Syrah Paso Robles

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,831
4.00 5
12/10/2008

Open insistent with lots of white oak and jam accented with Asian and baking Lots of clove and ginger with a sweet cigar tone that supports the jammy cherry fruit. Big in the mouth, real powerful but also pretty fresh with the fruit well draped and concealing the structure, has a bit of Petit Sirah like plum, earth and spice, then the fruits turn bluer, blueberry boysenberry and vanilla with a touch of RC cola. Clean and focused if a bit short on the finish. The finish is pleasantly spicy and actually quite long but the sweetness mutes the flavors. Punchy and full if lacking a bit of subtlety. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,831
4.00 5
01/22/2009

This smells intense and yet restrained a bit of an unusual combo. A bit of creosote develops with airing, joining the clovy, jammy fruits but then this does blossom offering up a complex array of aromas ranging from herbal and floral to medicinal and gamy with notes of dried peach and green walnut even. This is strangely appealing, smells a bit like Christmas. Very relaxed in the mouth, virtually no tannin but enough structure to give this decent presence in the mouth. Deeply fruited but not vulgar with its dark toast, and licorice tones contrasting with the red berry fruit with it’s candied edge. The texture is a bit too creamy for me and the finish is a touch short but still a solid wine 89pts


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3.50 5
01/22/2009

Bright, medicinal roasted nose. Crisp palate of licorice, ripe berries, a bit of tannin, some pepper on the finish with anise.

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Snooth User: oceank8
557082,029
4.50 5
11/19/2008

What a spectacular wine. So bold and fruity with a dark color. This is the third in the series I have had and I can't decide which I like best! (The others are: Loco, Heretic, and Peasant - which I have yet to have.)


Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
4.50 5
06/28/2009

The nose kind of made me think of the beach for some reason, maybe coconut? It had a deep brambly taste, with cherries and vanilla in there, and a very long finish. It's big, but I still think it could go nicely with food without overpowering it. I liked it better than Peasant or Heretic.


Snooth User: seanemac007
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4.00 5
04/15/2009

Wonderful dark color. Straight, appealing smell. Pleasant fruit-fwd taste, with smooth texture. Overall, very enjoyable.


Snooth User: oceank8
557082,029
2.50 5
01/22/2009

Two and a half glasses



2006 "Kiler Canyon Vineyard " Syrah, Paso Robles The Kiler Canyon Vineyard is planted in shallow rocky soils streaked with limestone. Don and Barbara Hofer farm the vineyard to produce highly concentrated fruit of impeccable quality and character. The wine was produced by hand in small bins and aged for 14 months in 100% French Oak.

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