Klinker Brick Syrah Lodi Farráh 2010

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The ideal growing season of 2010 in Lodi produced our finest Farrah Syrah to date. With aromas of white chocolate, bacon fat and tobacco, the supple tannins provide a velvety texture of black raspberries and licorice interwoven with exotic spice. Beautifully balanced, with a firm structure, this wine is perfect to pair with grilled lamb, barbecue ribs, and beef bourguignon.

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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: Becki20
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4.00 5
03/02/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: Yaeker
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/21/2011

Perfectly balanced Syrah with the right amount of sweetness. Can't really find a fault with this wine.


Snooth User: grunkiejr
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 03/29/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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
Vintage: 2007 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
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/08/2011

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


Snooth User: jasbra
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/24/2010

Smoke, Licorice, Chocolate, Smooth


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External Reviews for Klinker Brick Syrah Lodi Farráh

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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 11/04/2014

Our 2012 Syrah expresses blackberry, currant and plum on the nose with hints of smoky oak, spice and pepper. On the palate, this delicious wine has balanced flavors of berries, dark chocolate, coffee and anise wrapped in a velvet texture. Integrated, supple tannins lend structure to this medium to full bodied wine, with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy with grilled meats or mushroom risotto. - WineryCooperage: French Oak 15 monthsAlcohol: 14.9%Residual Sugar: .33PH: 3.52TA: .61


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/17/2014

Our 2012 Syrah expresses blackberry, currant and plum on the nose with hints of smoky oak, spice and pepper. On the palate, this delicious wine has balanced flavors of berries, dark chocolate, coffee and anise wrapped in a velvet texture. Integrated, supple tannins lend structure to this medium to full bodied wine, with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy with grilled meats or mushroom risotto. - Winery Cooperage: French Oak 15 months Alcohol: 14.9% Residual Sugar: .33 PH: 3.52 TA: .61


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Source: We Speak Wine
05/03/2013

A big, rich, full-bodied and expressive mix of spicy, beefy flavors, this deeply fruited Syrah flirts with berry jam yet gains depth and sophistication. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made. -JL A Syrah for all the California Zin lovers out there, this is heavy and brimming with dark cherry flavor amid a wall of tannins, leather and earth. - V.B. ** Only 9 in Stock **


External Review
02/25/2013

Deep garnet in color, this wine exhibits aromas of dark fruits, tobacco, leather and pepper. On the palate, there are with layers of plum, chocolate, tobacco and exotic spices.


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Source: We Speak Wine
06/06/2013

A big, rich, full-bodied and expressive mix of spicy, beefy flavors, this deeply fruited Syrah flirts with berry jam yet gains depth and sophistication. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made. -JL A Syrah for all the California Zin lovers out there, this is heavy and brimming with dark cherry flavor amid a wall of tannins, leather and earth. - V.B. ** SOLD OUT **


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Vintage: 2005 02/28/2009

The 2005 Farrah Syrah exhibits a nose of Cotton Candy, French vanilla and hints of orange peel with rich, bright multi-dimensional flavors of cassis, dried cherries and chocolate on the palate and the grip of tannin on the finish. This wine is fabulous and, unfortunately, limited!



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The ideal growing season of 2010 in Lodi produced our finest Farrah Syrah to date. With aromas of white chocolate, bacon fat and tobacco, the supple tannins provide a velvety texture of black raspberries and licorice interwoven with exotic spice. Beautifully balanced, with a firm structure, this wine is perfect to pair with grilled lamb, barbecue ribs, and beef bourguignon.

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