Wine Spots Sonoma Coast Syrah 2006
Harvest took place from the end of September through mid-October, allowing the grapes to develop deep fruit intensity. Bunches of tiny Syrah berries were hand-harvested at a low Brix. After the grapes were hand sorted, destemmed & crushed, they went through a four-day "cold soak" in open-top temperature-controlled fermenters. Warm fermentation sped the process while multiple punchdowns kept the cap well immersed in the fermenting must. The Syrah was then gently pressed into French oak barriques where it completed primary and secondary fermentations. The wine was aged for twelve months in seasoned oak barrels, ensuring that the oak had little influence on the flavor of the wine. This allowed the character of region and noble varietal to shine through. Several rackings during the twelve-month aging period supplied pepper-like spiciness and a smooth, subtle mouth-feel.
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Plums and red berries, good ripe fruit, nice bit of spiciness and earthiness. Finely integrated tannins without too much wood. Elegant and not over-extracted. In all, a nice syrah that paired well with grilled lamb kebobs. Buy again.
Northern Rhone flavored fruit along with nice California intensity. A really lovely California Syrah. It has nice blue and red berry fruit, elegant entry, fine tannins, with the superb cool-climate fruit. Nice white pepper finish. I had it with a NY steak. Very nice.
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The 2006 Sonoma Coast Syrah reflects the many nuances the Sonoma Coast’s cool-climate provides to this noble varietal. A lush and complex wine that exhibits blackberry and pepper aromas. The soft palate opens with rich, elegant entry, with black cherries, ripe plums and hints of white pepper. Bright acidity and supple tannins provide balance and a long finish. The low Brix levels and seasoned oak ensure that the bright intensity of the cool-climate fruit is able to shine.
Notes: The wine was aged for twelve months in seasoned oak barrels, ensuring that the oak had little influence on the flavor of the wine.