International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88($45; 15.7% alcohol) Saturated ruby-red. High-pitched, medicinal aromas of cassis, violet, eucalyptus and licorice. Dense and youthfully clenched, with brooding flavors of dark fruits, bitter chocolate and peppery spices. Finishes with black fruit flavors, slightly bitter tannins and firm acids. This very primary syrah needs patience.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: January/February 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90A bold, dark, rich and delicious Syrah, with tiers of blackberry, wild berry, chocolate brownie flavors shaded by smoky, toasty oak and chicory. Intense, firm and concentrated, with anise, licorice and chewy tannins folding together on the palate. Decant.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91The 2003 Syrah Caldwell Vineyard (337 cases) boasts a deeper, darker, blue/purple color than the regular bottling as well as a big, sweet nose of blueberries, black raspberries, licorice, and crushed rocks. Full-bodied and harmonious, with sweet tannin as well as expansive richness, this beauty can be drunk now and over the next decade.Author: Robert Parker
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in ) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.
The best Old-World Syrah comes from the , where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. and are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as , , and make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.
In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of and produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from . Australian producers such as , , and have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.
One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of producers, most notably , , and , who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.
The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak.
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