2005 Zepaltas - Syrah Rosella's Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Vinfolio | Rating: 96

Shows a beautiful nose of blackberry, pink peppercorn and cassis with hints of espresso and bacon fat. The palate is focused, and has beautiful texture with blackberry, chocolate, cassis and white pepper. Excellent texture.

Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 157

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: GiantDolphan
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 05/10/2010

Average rating: 94, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

173 bottles owned by 68 collectors.

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About This Producer


Ryan Zepaltas arrived in California from Eau Claire, Wisconsin with $400 and a skateboard so he could indulge his skate passion year-round. A career detour took him to Siduri, where he learned to make Pinot Noir and Syrah under Dianna and Adam Lee. In 2004 he released the first wine under his own label, 40 cases of Syrah sourced from Rosella's Vineyard. His 2005 Pinot Noir La Cruz Vineyard, a site owned by Keller Estates on the Sonoma Coast, received a 95-point rating from The Wine Spectator and put Ryan on the radar for good. Living literally in the Suicci Vineyard, from which he gets Pinot, allows Ryan total control over his production from vine to bottle.

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Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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