Landmark Syrah Steel Plow 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Ripe plum, black fruits and violet aromas mingle with fermentation aromas to yield a Hoisin sauce, white pepper aspect which is also complemented by sweetness from oak. Good tannin structure and ample acidity will enable this Syrah to pair with a wide range of hearty winter fare, such as stewed and braised meats, as well as tomato based sauced and savory herbs.

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Landmark Vineyards:
Landmark Vineyards may have been founded in the Windsor area of Sonoma County in 1974, but its roots stretch all the way back to 1838 and America’s heartland. It was in Grand Detour, Illinois of that year that John Deere invented the steel plow – an event that virtually revolutionized the business of agriculture. In 1989, John Deere’s great great granddaughter, Damaris Deere Ford, following the... Read more
Landmark Vineyards may have been founded in the Windsor area of Sonoma County in 1974, but its roots stretch all the way back to 1838 and America’s heartland. It was in Grand Detour, Illinois of that year that John Deere invented the steel plow – an event that virtually revolutionized the business of agriculture. In 1989, John Deere’s great great granddaughter, Damaris Deere Ford, following the family tradition in agriculture, relocated Landmark Vineyards from Windsor, a town that was slowly being smothered by urban sprawl to a spectacular piece of land at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Sonoma Valley. Damaris believed that Landmark could be a small jewel of a winery and built a Spanish mission style winery equipped with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment capable of producing 20,000 cases of wine per year. With the help of renowned Landscape architect, Morgan Wheelock, she developed the 20-acre site into a lush, gorgeously landscaped wine estate. Damaris convinced her son, Michael Deere Colhoun and his wife Mary to move from the east coast and join her as partners in the winery. Once settled, the Colhouns set in motion a plan that would truly make the winery a landmark. In 1993, they hired world-renowned consulting enologist Helen Turley to work with winemaker, Eric Stern. This collaboration led to some excellent winemaking. Under Eric’s direction, Landmark’s wines have consistently garnered rave reviews from the wine writers. Our signature wine, the Overlook Chardonnay, has appeared on The Wine Spectator Top 100 list 7 times since 1997. The names of Landmark’s wines reflect their John Deere heritage. Landmark and Overlook were family homes. The Grand Detour Pinot Noir is named for the location of John Deere’s blacksmithing shop in Illinois. And with a nod to the beginning of it all, the Syrah is aptly named “Steel Plow.” Landmark’s mission is “to make great wines that enhance the joy of life.” Quality and flavor begin in the vineyards. In addition to the estate vineyard, Landmark sources grapes from a range of different vineyards and those selected are among the finest in the highly diverse microclimates of California’s winegrowing regions. While the variation of the wines from vintage to vintage can be dramatic or subtle, the crafting of each year’s wine is guided by a single overriding philosophy at Landmark: “less is more.” According to Winemaker, Eric Stern, “The less the wine is manipulated, the more flavors and aromas remain to enjoy.” Tasting Room Landmark’s Tasting Room is located on the corner of Highway 12 and Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood. The Tasting Room is open seven days a week and is closed only on major holidays. Hours of operation: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM seven days a week. Read less
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Member Reviews for Landmark Syrah Steel Plow

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/25/2011

Aromas of plum and blackberry with rosemary and thyme. Dark and juicy, a nice CA style syrah. - Tasted at winery 12/29/10


Snooth User: hershey
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/03/2008

This was a fascinating Syrah for me, as over the typical syrah red berries & spice, I got the distinct sensation of pot roast. I could smell the slightly burnt drippings in the pan, with roasted carrots and even onions (they were delicious pot roast onions, don't worry). Pair with pot roast, I guess!


Snooth User: gknutson
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/25/2009

Three glasses


External Reviews for Landmark Syrah Steel Plow

External Review
Vintage: 2006 07/24/2009

"deep ruby color. perfumed aromas of spicy red and dark berries, baking spices and incense. lush, silky and sweet, with nicely delineated raspberry, blackberry and floral pastille flavors. This is showing complexity already." 89 points; Stephen Tanzer's International wine cellar (May/June 2008)


External Review
Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesRipe plum, black fruits and violet aromas mingle with fermentation aromas to yield a Hoisin sauce, white pepper aspect which is also complemented by sweetness from oak. Good tannin structure and ample acidity will enable this Syrah to pair with a wide range of hearty winter fare, such as stewed and braised meats, as well as tomato based sauced and savory herbs.



Ripe plum, black fruits and violet aromas mingle with fermentation aromas to yield a Hoisin sauce, white pepper aspect which is also complemented by sweetness from oak. Good tannin structure and ample acidity will enable this Syrah to pair with a wide range of hearty winter fare, such as stewed and braised meats, as well as tomato based sauced and savory herbs.

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