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La Sirena Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2003

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The 2003 La Sirena Syrah is deep, dark ruby purple in color. A much bigger wine than it's Santa Ynez counterpart. Loaded with black fruit character and a smoky meaty tone that is so enticing in Syrah. Those flavors, I believe are part of the true varietal character of Syrah. Hints of white pepper and spice add layers of complexity and interest. In the mouth it is very structural, rich and ripe; a big wine that will further improve with bottle age. Had this wine recently at a restaurant decanted, and it was delicious. Why "La Sirena"? The name "La Sirena" means "the Mermaid "in Spanish and Italian. I chose it because I was looking for something fun and magical (like wine) and because I love to scuba dive as well as make wine. Our first vintage of La Sirena was 1994 and we made only a Sangiovese that year. The first Cabernet was made in 1996 and we no longer made the Sangiovese after the 1999 vintage due to a vineyard change. There are currently two wines made under this label; Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Production is always small, focusing on fine wines, the best that can be made. ~Heidi Peterson Barrett Winemaker, La Sirena Wines

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La Sirena Wines:
With the incredible success of La Sirena one might think the idea for the brand was a well thought-out plan; a plan that was as deliberate and calculated as every other winemaking detail in Heidi Barrett’s portfolio. Heidi would tell you otherwise. “It was a fluke opportunity. The first wine I made for La Sirena started as a custom crush wine for a client. The client hired me to make Sangio... Read more
With the incredible success of La Sirena one might think the idea for the brand was a well thought-out plan; a plan that was as deliberate and calculated as every other winemaking detail in Heidi Barrett’s portfolio. Heidi would tell you otherwise. “It was a fluke opportunity. The first wine I made for La Sirena started as a custom crush wine for a client. The client hired me to make Sangiovese for a new brand, but ran into a conflict of interest situation with their family, who had other winery ties. The wine was already made and quite delicious, yet the client had to abandon the project. They were going to put this beautiful wine on the bulk market and I thought, “Here’s my chance to start my own winery, maybe I could buy it!” So, I had the wine and I needed to come up with a winery name, design a label and get approval and permits, etc. all within a 30 day time period. The wine was ready to bottle so time was of the essence.” “My husband Bo and I found the name while looking through the playing cards of the Mexican card game called Lotteria. All the cards are different nouns and one was La Sirena- the mermaid! We are both big scuba divers and ocean lovers and here was this great symbol of something magical, like wine, that was a way for me to combine two great passions. So began La Sirena in 1994 with that serendipitous harvest of Sangiovese. La Sirena, which means “the Mermaid” in both Italian and Spanish, was born.” A couple years later in 1996, Heidi decided to focus the project on the varietals she is truly passionate for rather than wines that came along by happenstance. Cabernet Sauvignon was the obvious choice since she is best known for her amazing track record with this “king of red wines”. As the Sangiovese was fazed-out after the 1999 harvest due to a grape contract loss, La Sirena added Syrah as its second red varietal. Heidi had always had a passion for wines from the Rhone Valley and thought Syrah could be quite special grown here in California. This interest led to making not only a delicious Napa Valley Syrah but also a tasty Santa Ynez version, showing off what Syrah can do in a cooler climate. Eventually a third Syrah was added, designated “Barrett Vineyards“, from her own 2-acre vineyard at the foot of Mt. St. Helena. “The wine was just too distinct to blend into the Napa Valley Syrah and such a stand out lot deserved to be its’ own blend” said Heidi. Always wanting to experiment and try something new going forward, Heidi decided it would be fun to make a dry style Muscat. Challenged by the idea that there were dry Rieslings and dry Gewurztraminers in the US, but no dry Muscat, she first pondered “Why doesn’t anyone make this?”, and secondly questioned, “Why couldn’t you?”, and finally stated, “I think I’ll do it!” Muscat is such a beautiful fragrant variety that makes a delicious, unique, and fun white wine encompassing all the perfumey, floral qualities of the grape, without the sugar. La Sirena introduced the first tiny, 122 case production of Moscato Azul to the market in 2003. We now make around 500 cases a year of this beautiful white wine in a cobalt blue bottle finished with a blue cork! The winery today focuses on making three varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Muscat Canelli. All the wines are hand-made, small production lots made with great care with the highest quality in mind. Heidi Barrett is the owner and winemaker who built her reputation for making some of the worlds’ best wines during a 30-year career. Read less

External Reviews for La Sirena Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/28/2010

A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2003 Sirena, La Syrah Napa 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/10/2010

The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Syrah Napa possesses a bigger, fuller-bodied personality than the Santa Ynez as well as more texture, length, and concentration than the Santa Ynez cuvee. Similar to the Barrett Vineyard offering, it appears to be on ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2003 Sirena, La Syrah Napa 750ml



The 2003 La Sirena Syrah is deep, dark ruby purple in color. A much bigger wine than it's Santa Ynez counterpart. Loaded with black fruit character and a smoky meaty tone that is so enticing in Syrah. Those flavors, I believe are part of the true varietal character of Syrah. Hints of white pepper and spice add layers of complexity and interest. In the mouth it is very structural, rich and ripe; a big wine that will further improve with bottle age. Had this wine recently at a restaurant decanted, and it was delicious. Why "La Sirena"? The name "La Sirena" means "the Mermaid "in Spanish and Italian. I chose it because I was looking for something fun and magical (like wine) and because I love to scuba dive as well as make wine. Our first vintage of La Sirena was 1994 and we made only a Sangiovese that year. The first Cabernet was made in 1996 and we no longer made the Sangiovese after the 1999 vintage due to a vineyard change. There are currently two wines made under this label; Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Production is always small, focusing on fine wines, the best that can be made. ~Heidi Peterson Barrett Winemaker, La Sirena Wines

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