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2010 No Girls - Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

UNITED STATES / WASHINGTON / WALLA WALLA
  • 95 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 392638-2010-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (from vines planted between 2003 and 2005; the plant material is from Alban Vineyards): Good bright medium red. Sexy, highly complex aromas of cherry, smoke, gunflint, red licorice, pepper and black olive; more northern Rhone than most northern Rhone wines. An intensely flavored midweight with lovely aromatic precision and a restrained sweetness to its saline red fruit and olive flavors. Finishes dry and long, with dusty tannins and a light touch. I prefer the balance of fruit and mineral tones here to the 2010 grenache.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2013
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Fresh, vibrant, expansive and expressive, this offers towering flavors of black cherry, blackberry, floral and coffee. A flick of strawberry adds freshness to the finish. Deep and harmonious. Drink now through 2020.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Self | Rating: 95

    An epiphany wine. I cannot wait to see how it evovles. Tremendous fruit right now.
    Author: Jefe de Newcastle
In a state most often associated with rain and apples, vineyards occupy more land each year. Nearly all of this vineyard expansion has taken place in the eastern part of the state, where arid, almost desert-like conditions prevail. Winters are harsh and frost is always a threat, but such conditions, along with sandy soils, have allowed most Washington vines to grow on their own rootstocks—a rarity among wine regions throughout the world. 

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 Australia) 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 Northern Rhône, 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. Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as E. Guigal, Chave, and Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné 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 Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale 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 Eden Valley. Australian producers such as Penfolds, Torbreck, and Henschke have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.

One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of Californian producers, most notably Sine Qua Non, Colgin, and Alban, 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 Sonoma 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. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 61 bottles owned
  • 23 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 23 collectors)