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R & B Cellars Syrah North Coast Saxy 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

In order to create a wine with richness and complexity yet still fruit driven and varietally accurate, we blended 2009 North Coast Syrah with 2009 Sonoma Syrah, and just a touch of 2010 North Coast Sauvignon Blanc. The combination of these three areas yielded a wine with exceptional varietal character and flavor. The oak program on the three wines was very different; the North Coast Syrahs receiving modest oak ageing, the Sauvignon Blanc no oak ageing at all. The wine was cross flow filtered to help level out the tannins and making the wine eminently drinkable upon release.

Region: USA » California » North Coast

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Winery: R&B Cellars  
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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R&B Cellars:
R&B Cellars is Alameda's largest family-owned winery. As part of the burgeoning East Bay urban wine scene, the winery's core mission has been to create high quality wines that deliver tremendous value to the consumer. Since 1997, winemaker Kevin Brown has taken a detail-oriented and labor-intensive approach to crafting the highest quality wines. Each of the winery's varietals, having earned 90+... Read more
R&B Cellars is Alameda's largest family-owned winery. As part of the burgeoning East Bay urban wine scene, the winery's core mission has been to create high quality wines that deliver tremendous value to the consumer. Since 1997, winemaker Kevin Brown has taken a detail-oriented and labor-intensive approach to crafting the highest quality wines. Each of the winery's varietals, having earned 90+ point scores and numerous accolades across the country, has helped to set R&B Cellars apart from the traditional players in the marketplace. Kevin and Barbara Brown, the owners and winemakers, are jazz musicians, performing at winery events, winemaker dinners and wine tastings across the country. Their passion for jazz is evident by the beautiful musical wine labels and the fun, jazzy names. With over 30 years of experience in various areas of the industry, it is natural that the Brown family has extended their passion for making music into creating fantastic wine. Their motto: Wine That Swings! And it does. R&B Cellars originally started in 1997 as a side project to create some of California's finest Cabernet Sauvignon, producing only 230 cases that first year. The first vintage, the 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, was critiaclly acclaimed, winning the Vinalies D'Argent in Paris of 2000. This year's 2005 release has already garnered two Double Gold Medals and was voted "Best of Class" and "Judges Choice" at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Today, R&B Cellars has expanded to include several new wines. Seeing a need in the marketplace for high quality wines that are value-oriented, R&B Cellars is now also known for producing finely crafted, beautifully balanced wines, several of them under $15, and all of them garnering great critical acclaim, awards and accolades. In addition, the family of wines include award-winning single-vineyard and reserve wines: Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, and a traditional "Port" dessert wine. We now produce 12,000 cases annually. We are ten wines strong across eight varietals. Read less

Tasting Notes:

The vibrant fresh blackberry fruit from the Mendocino fruit combine with the dark, spicy components of the Lake County fruit, complimenting each other and setting up a rich massive fruit platform which we softened ever so slightly by the addition of Sauvignon Blanc. While adding a small percentage of white wine, usually Viognier, is a common French practice to soften the mouth feel and make the wine a little more approachable upon release, we have chosen a slight twist by adding some of our Sauvginon Blanc instead. The resulting wine is complex, intense, and a blockbuster of blackberry fruit and blueberries, with exotic spice and the subtle tarry components one expects of a great Syrah. The moderate oak program in the Napa preserves the vibrant fruit and a softer mouth feel. The bouquet shows layer upon layer of dark berry fruit with hints of pepper and spice laced throughout. The flavors are dark blackberry and currant with hints of smoke and tar ending in a smooth silky finish. The color is intense, to say the least. If your pen runs out of ink, use the wine!

In order to create a wine with richness and complexity yet still fruit driven and varietally accurate, we blended 2009 North Coast Syrah with 2009 Sonoma Syrah, and just a touch of 2010 North Coast Sauvignon Blanc. The combination of these three areas yielded a wine with exceptional varietal character and flavor. The oak program on the three wines was very different; the North Coast Syrahs receiving modest oak ageing, the Sauvignon Blanc no oak ageing at all. The wine was cross flow filtered to help level out the tannins and making the wine eminently drinkable upon release.

Aged in Mix of Oak.


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