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Latour Vineyards Syrah Mt. Veeder 2005

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Syrah's allure is apparent the minute you pour this wine. It's deep purple hue hints at the wine's intensity and richness. smoky, spicy aromas underscore dark fruit flavors while vibrant acidity makes its appearance on the long, refreshing finish. Whether you're serving barbeque ribs, grilled lamb or savory ratatouille, reach for this sumptuous sipper.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Mt. Veeder

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Varietal: Syrah
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LaTour Vineyards:
LaTour Vineyards is a small, family owned winery located at the top of Napa Valley's Mt Veeder. We have 25 acres planted in Chardonnay and Syrah. LaTour Vineyards is owned by former restauranteur and hotelier, Tom LaTour. Tom loves to entertain and wanted to produce outstanding wines that are affordable enough to share with friends.
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Editorial Reviews for Latour Vineyards Syrah Mt. Veeder

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,152
4.00 5
01/16/2009

Maple bacon, mincemeat pie and, rare grilled steak on the nose edged with cherry pie drippings, creosote and earth. Big in the mouth with integrated acidity and tannin. A touch soft but with nice fresh fruits and just a sprinkling of cracked pepper. A bit tauter on the finish with nice focus and good depth if lacking a bit of complexity, though there are nice grace notes of ground coffee and licorice on the finish. Fine value though it could use a year to relax. Drink 2010-2017 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,152
4.00 5
01/22/2009

Deep and earthy with fairly dark toast and oak spice notes then turning plummy with a mineral and eucalyptus top notes. Slowly yields some floral tones and pomegranate notes with a touch of pink peppercorn, but the air doesn’t really helps this as it closes up quite a bit over the course of the tasting. Muscular yet lean with good tension in the mouth and a decidedly dark, earthy and lightly spicy character. There is a core of reticent black plum and minor black berry fruits. With a bit of vanilla on the finish white turns thick and a bit heavy recalling dried dates with a spicy white pepper note on the finish. A bit going at the moment but this seems to have the potential to improve 88pts

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
01/16/2009

Bacon's on my mind, a little cheese and meat, power smokehouse, like a mill that churns out glorious carcasses and hides, i feel like a carnival midget might pop out a trap door and glaze the palate with tangy bbq sauce.


Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
01/16/2009

Very rich and fruity nose, a touch of white pepper as well. This is a meaty Syrah - very fleshy. Its rich, thick, fruity and in your face - but thats what the California sun does best! The pepper continues through to the finish, which also has notes of lilac as well as plums, cherries and other baked fruits.


4.00 5
01/16/2009

Thick, slightly hot and very fruity nose. Palate is warm and syrupy, not too tannic but there's a nice bit of spice, somewhere between cinnamon and pepper. This is a lively, frolicking little wine, a great kick on the finish if you take a nice gulp.

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Snooth User: solomania9
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4.00 5
01/16/2009

Extremely spicy nose with a rich dark purple color. It's a delicate spice bomb with a great long finish. Enough spice to get my attention and enough complexity to keep me interested. Really dig this wine.

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  • Snooth User: Pymonte
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    4.50 5
    01/21/2009

    Very powerful, muscular bottle, with tomato pincage, smoke, and pancetta on the nose. Char-grilled steak, spices, and cooked cabbage round out the palate, with ridiculously smooth tannins, well-balanced acidity, and a beautifully long finish.


    Snooth User: Adam Levin
    772801,757
    3.00 5
    01/26/2009

    Incredibly dark color. Not too much fruit on the nose, but a bit of blackberry and maple syrup. Lots of subtle complexities, but overall this is a very big wine. A very interesting drink.


    3.00 5
    01/22/2009

    Second tasting. Nose is a bit light on the fruit. A bit of a harsher bite of tannin to start. Maybe a bit of herbs and spice. Medicinal, eucalyptus, menthollated.

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    External Reviews for Latour Vineyards Syrah Mt. Veeder

    External Review
    11/21/2007

    Look no further, it's in here. The nose speaks of a NY Strip steak with red and green peppercorns. I love the meaty and peppery aromas that are followed by the scent of rosemary. Who needs dinner? This Syrah is unlike most that you've had, but if you enjoy a gripping good time, get on this. The palate offers a distinct smokiness, and an undeniable seasoning salt aspect. The mouth feel is more direct, not as rounded, but very intriguing. I'd pair it with a steak, for sure!


    External Review
    07/24/2009

    Syrah's allure is apparent the minute you pour this wine. It's deep purple hue hints at the wine's intensity and richness. smoky, spicy aromas underscore dark fruit flavors while vibrant acidity makes its appearance on the long, refreshing finish. Whether you're serving barbeque ribs, grilled lamb or savory ratatouille, reach for this sumptuous sipper.


    External Review
    05/15/2008

    I love this wine for that fact that is full of complexities as well as the fact that it carries flavors that are unique and very attractive. I found chocolate, and the mouth feel was very pleasant. I highly recommend.


    External Review
    01/17/2009

    Roll up your sleeves...cause it might get bloody in here! Wow! Right off the bat aromas of a bloody, meaty steak hit me. Like almost a raw steak, for real. It's so interesting and intriguing! There is also a hint of saltiness in there as well... The taste throws in some spice, and a smokey/ashey component. This wine tosses fruit to the side with hardly a trace to be detected, but that ain't a bad thing, this Syrah is tough!


    External Review
    01/17/2009

    This Syrah is in your face and certainly not shy! The nose is salty bacon and fresh blood aromas. I'm a little taken aback, but not in a bad way somehow! There is no sweetness in this wine, so steer clear if you like a fruity sweet Syrah! Flavors of smoke, cedar and bacon envelope my tongue, and the finish is woodsy cedar tones. A great glass of wine for those who seek adventure and who aren't afraid of the dark or heights! Enjoy!



    Syrah's allure is apparent the minute you pour this wine. It's deep purple hue hints at the wine's intensity and richness. smoky, spicy aromas underscore dark fruit flavors while vibrant acidity makes its appearance on the long, refreshing finish. Whether you're serving barbeque ribs, grilled lamb or savory ratatouille, reach for this sumptuous sipper.

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