Wine Spectator | Rating: 95Hard to imagine a wine with more flavor and moving parts, with explosive fruit jumping from the glass. Rich, layered and exotic, this is loaded with tiers of flavor, offering dark berry, espresso, new leather and cracked pepper, then creamy oak, espresso and dried herb. Sails on and, yes, it's tannic.Drink Dates: 2014-2030Author: James LaubeIssue: Oct 31, 2013
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95Saturated ruby-red. Sexy, inviting aromas of smoked meat, brown spices, blueberry and brown sugar, lifted by a floral perfume and pungent minerality. Initially tight and savory in the middle, with bright acidity keeping the fruit under wraps, but showed increasing suppleness and sweetness as it opened in the glass. As much red fruit as black in style, thanks to the iron element in the rocky soil and the cooler growing season. Finishes broad, smoky and very long, with suave tannins totally buffered by mid-palate stuffing. A beauty.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2013
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100The 2010 IX Estate Syrah is one of the most compelling Syrahs ever made in California. It ranks alongside some of the perfect Syrahs from Sine Qua Non in Santa Ynez and the Santa Rita Hills. Tasting like liquified steak au poive with blackberry and blueberry sauce, this amazing wine reveals staggering aromas of flowers, bouquet garni, melted asphalt, licorice, pepper and meaty notes. It should drink well for 15+ years assuming you have that much patience.Drink Dates: 2013-2028Author: Robert ParkerIssue: 209
Vinous | Rating: 97Saturated medium ruby. More Hermitage than Côte-Rôtie on the extraordinary nose, conveying an impression of granitic minerality to its scents of crushed blackberry, blueberry, violet, licorice and charcuterie. Delivers an uncommon combination of density, energy and definition, not to mention a deeply spicy quality and more obvious iron-like minerality and gaminess than the 2011 version. Still a baby, this remarkable, tightly wound Syrah boasts a slowly mounting, palate-staining finish and perfectly buffered tannins. Exceptional--and built for a long life in bottle.Drink Dates: 2022 - 2036Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: Apr 2017
James Suckling | Rating: 95Another top syrah from here with black pepper and bacon character with light cedar and spice. Full body, with a core of ripe fruit and a long finish. Drink or hold.Author: James SucklingIssue: Friday, March 13, 2015
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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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