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Mcclean Vineyards Syrah Paso Robles Estate Private Reserve 2004

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An unforgettable choice, our Estate Syrah originates in a magical place outside of Templeton, along the South El Pomar corridor. Years of living in the middle of this vineyard allowed us to personally tend to every aspect of its care. We have come to appreciate the perfect combination of winter frost, summer heat, cool nightly ocean breezes, pure water and unique blend of clay and limestone soils which define the fruit. This contributed to the 14.5% alcohol content that puts this wine in a unique class of its own. IIn November 2006 we will be releasing our 2004 Estate Private Reserve Syrah which will certainly have the wine community reeling. This time we aged our Syrah for 20 months in 100% French oak. You may place your order in advance to guarantee your delivery.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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McClean Vineyards:
Our dream began many years ago at a wine tasting class at Cal Poly Pomona in 1978 where we discovered not only did we share our love for each other but also our appreciation for wine, especially the red varietals. As we grew in our life together, it wasn't until 1993 that we were able to move to the Paso Robles area to this magical parcel of land. The property had an old almond orchard on it, a... Read more
Our dream began many years ago at a wine tasting class at Cal Poly Pomona in 1978 where we discovered not only did we share our love for each other but also our appreciation for wine, especially the red varietals. As we grew in our life together, it wasn't until 1993 that we were able to move to the Paso Robles area to this magical parcel of land. The property had an old almond orchard on it, and the vegetation and undergrowth was so thick and lush we realized the property must have great potential. We decided to plant a rare registered root stalk of Syrah which took off with great vigor. Ken Volk, the owner of Wild Horse Winery in Templeton at that time, drove by and noticed our first year's crop. He walked the vineyard for hours and was so impressed he offered us our first contract. After the harvest he wanted to make our vineyard the backbone of his Syrah program. We knew then that we were able to produce special Syrah grapes. Since we had such an abundance of premium-quality fruit, we realized it was only a matter of time until we came out with our own label. The idea for McClean Vineyards was formed. Our vineyard in the South El Pomar corridor takes advantage of some of the best growing conditions in California for ultra-premium Syrah. The long exposure to the sun, combined with the wind and cool temperatures that float inland from the coast, give our vineyard a longer growing season, increasing complexity of the fruit. The vineyard rises in elevation from 1,100 to 1,300 feet above sea level facing in a southwesterly direction. This location protects us from frost that can damage lower-elevation vineyards. Our prime growing season temperatures rarely dip below 55F at night, and we are blessed with a 2 p.m. ocean breeze that allows the berries to slowly and evenly ripen. Our clay and limestone soil makes the vineyard ideal for growing full, rich Syrahs. The grapes are gently hand-harvested to assure full berry juice and preserve their distinctive flavor. Read less

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Snooth User: cgplayer9
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4.00 5
03/25/2013

This has a big aroma with a core of blackberry cobbler and hints of wet leaves/forest floor. On the tongue, solid core of blackberry, red current, black cherry with hints of mint, aniseed, tobacco, and spices. Medium to full bodied with fairly long aromatic finish.


External Reviews for Mcclean Vineyards Syrah Paso Robles Estate Private Reserve

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Source: AmericanWinery.com
04/10/2008

Another great value from McClean Vineyards! The nose on this syrah is fascinating, a complex melange of petrol, blackberries and toffee. There are toffee flavors that carry to the flavor profile and highlight notes of ripe dark fruits and cassis. The finish is almost sticky, black currant and ripe fruit dominating. A richly complex wine at a nice price-point... can't go wrong!


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Source: AmericanWinery.com
04/18/2008

With a nose of sweet prunes, this wine is not surprising...after all its a Syrah. The mouthfeel is filled with dark-berry jammy flavors, prunes, and a very, very slight hint of vanilla....nothing over the top (if you are used to wines jam-packed with jammyness, that is)...so what else can I say, if this sounds like your kind of syrah, this is great value!


External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
04/11/2008

McClean Vineyards has done the right thing by specializing in Syrah. The nose is full of blackberries and though it probably smells more like a cafflouti it reminds me of really good smelling shampoo! There is also a hint of dried plums that comes through beautifully. On the palate I would consider it to be nice and jammy. It's lush and well rounded with incredibly juicy prune and blackberry flavors exploding in your mouth, and a creamy finish that lingers nicely.



An unforgettable choice, our Estate Syrah originates in a magical place outside of Templeton, along the South El Pomar corridor. Years of living in the middle of this vineyard allowed us to personally tend to every aspect of its care. We have come to appreciate the perfect combination of winter frost, summer heat, cool nightly ocean breezes, pure water and unique blend of clay and limestone soils which define the fruit. This contributed to the 14.5% alcohol content that puts this wine in a unique class of its own. IIn November 2006 we will be releasing our 2004 Estate Private Reserve Syrah which will certainly have the wine community reeling. This time we aged our Syrah for 20 months in 100% French oak. You may place your order in advance to guarantee your delivery.

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