Klinker Brick Syrah Lodi Farráh 2007

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<strong>91 Points "WINE SPECTATOR!!!"</strong> With so many wineries flashing portfolios of 15 wines or more, I have developed an appreciation for those that focus on just a few varieties and then try to hit the grape out of the park. One such winery is Klinker Brick of Lodi, owned by fifth generation farmers and vineyard operators, Steve and Lori Felten. We were early supporters when the Feltens launched their brand with Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel, a terrific wine for around $18. Then we became huge fans when they released Old Ghost, a premium zin that retails for $37, and one of the best from Lodi we've ever featured. Now, they've done it again with their 2007 Klinker Farrah Syrah ($20). Like all of the Klinker Brick wines, this one offers huge fruit, dense color and big berry flavors. Even "Wine Spectator" took notice, awarding the wine 91 points and naming it a "Smart Buy." Ain't that the truth? Enjoy this one with beef, barbeque or anything with huge flavors. Gary is hoping to stop by the winery on his Vintage Highway tour of Lodi later this month. Winery Tasting Notes: This single vineyard wine has a deep, rich garnet color and shows tobacco, mint and cherries on the nose. With dense silky layers of raspberry and chocolate, this full-bodied wine offers a long, smooth finish with hints of earth and spice. 14.8% alcohol. Wine Spectator Tasting Notes: Smooth, rich and complex, showing tiers of ripe plum, blackberry and wild berry, with notable cedary dill- and vanilla-laced oak. But this is very nicely proportioned, ending with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2015. 3,500 cases made. ñJames Laube

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Klinker Brick Winery:
Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s. With roots in Germany, Russia and later the Dakotas, the family settled in Lodi, first producing watermelons. Recognizing that the soil and climate were ideal for growing grapes, they... Read more
Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s. With roots in Germany, Russia and later the Dakotas, the family settled in Lodi, first producing watermelons. Recognizing that the soil and climate were ideal for growing grapes, they began to plant varieties that included Zinfandel, Tokay, Carignane, and Alicante. For over one hundred years, the family has cultivated the land with the aim of producing top quality fruit. Zinfandel was one of the first grape varieties to be planted in the Lodi appellation, although it had also been established in other parts of the California. Grapes were originally packed in boxes for shipment to the East Coast and Canada for the purpose of home winemaking. In the early days of production, nearly all of the Zinfandel grapes were shipped with the exception of grapes that were used for making wine at home. By the mid 1930’s, grapes were sold primarily to cooperatives and larger, private wineries with a small portion of the production shipped east. Historically, the vineyards were irrigated by flood or ditch irrigation and the inability to regulate the amount of water applied resulted in larger yields of marginal quality. In the late 1980’s, drip irrigation was introduced, providing the ability to control the amount of water applied to each vine. This resulted in the ability to control the vigor of the vine, healthier fruit and ultimately, lower yields. With the introduction of more sophisticated vineyard practices, including shoot thinning, leaf pulling, color thinning and the removal of a second crop, the ability to produce the grapes of exceptional quality was realized. Part of the extended Felten Family includes their winemaker, Barry Gnekow, who is responsible for crafting the wines from the inaugural vintage. Barry, a Davis graduate with over 25 years of experience of winemaking, has a unique ability to bring the best of the vineyard into the cellar, year after year, producing wines of distinction for Klinker Brick. Another extended family member is Lynne Whyte Barnard, the President of Klinker Brick Winery. Lynne has brought a wealth of entrepreneurial experience to the winery, having owned her on wholesale company and directing sales and marketing for prestigious wine producers in California. She was instrumental in the development of the Old Ghost wine, label design and has been responsible for selling all of the vintages produced to date, developing national and international distribution. Read less
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Member Reviews for Klinker Brick Syrah Lodi Farráh

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
12/26/2009

Great nuances of cola and dark, stewed fruits. Mouth coating and powerful, yet velvet smooth. Delightful syrah and at this price point a real bargain! 93 pts according to WS.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
09/06/2010

Smoky toasty plummy cola and berry flavors. Such a great syrah and at a value! - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 9/4/10


Snooth User: jem1234
591768595
0.00 5
11/08/2011

Nicely rounded with enough acidity and fruit - had it with a grilled Beef Tenderloin.


Snooth User: jasbra
13258543
4.00 5
03/24/2010

Smoke, Licorice, Chocolate, Smooth


Snooth User: redwineCT
35645640
4.00 5
02/09/2010

Excellent, easy to drink syrah that drinks like a $25 bottle.


Snooth User: tapioca
1148434
4.00 5
09/03/2010

This is one of our favorites; we bought all we could find in Jacksonville, FL and can no longer find it around here. It is a luscious syrah with hints of bacon (smoke?).


Snooth User: malasie
43995567
4.00 5
04/05/2010

Four glasses



<strong>91 Points "WINE SPECTATOR!!!"</strong> With so many wineries flashing portfolios of 15 wines or more, I have developed an appreciation for those that focus on just a few varieties and then try to hit the grape out of the park. One such winery is Klinker Brick of Lodi, owned by fifth generation farmers and vineyard operators, Steve and Lori Felten. We were early supporters when the Feltens launched their brand with Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel, a terrific wine for around $18. Then we became huge fans when they released Old Ghost, a premium zin that retails for $37, and one of the best from Lodi we've ever featured. Now, they've done it again with their 2007 Klinker Farrah Syrah ($20). Like all of the Klinker Brick wines, this one offers huge fruit, dense color and big berry flavors. Even "Wine Spectator" took notice, awarding the wine 91 points and naming it a "Smart Buy." Ain't that the truth? Enjoy this one with beef, barbeque or anything with huge flavors. Gary is hoping to stop by the winery on his Vintage Highway tour of Lodi later this month. Winery Tasting Notes: This single vineyard wine has a deep, rich garnet color and shows tobacco, mint and cherries on the nose. With dense silky layers of raspberry and chocolate, this full-bodied wine offers a long, smooth finish with hints of earth and spice. 14.8% alcohol. Wine Spectator Tasting Notes: Smooth, rich and complex, showing tiers of ripe plum, blackberry and wild berry, with notable cedary dill- and vanilla-laced oak. But this is very nicely proportioned, ending with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2015. 3,500 cases made. ñJames Laube

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