About This Wine
Syrah has long been the star of red Rhone wines in France, and the blockbuster Shiraz bottlings of Australia.
Now, in the United States, no red varietal is growing faster in popularity than Syrah. Its sales are rising each year, eclipsing the percentage rise in Zinfandel and Merlot. Granted, Syrah started from a smaller base, but there are signs that it’s just warming up to grab hold of the palates of American wine consumers and not let go.
Giving Syrah a big boost is an organization called The Rhone Rangers, consisting of wineries, growers and consumers dedicated to introducing and educating people to what fabulous wines American-grown Syrah can produce.
Syrah is packed with flavor, color and a tannin structure that’s built to last. It works well either as a single varietal — as in this featured selection from Addison Vineyards — or in complex blends. It has the historic credentials for fine winemaking, and today produces world-class wines, as the Addison rendition deliciously demonstrates.
Very dark, rich, powerful wines with great aging potential (as long as 50 years), yet still can be drunk relatively young. Distinct pepper, spice, cherry and leather flavors, with smooth, supple texture. Embodied in majestic wines from France, Australia and, increasingly, California.
- Grape Composition:100% Syrah
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in California’s North Coast Win
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Mild Earthen Notes and Chocolate
- When to Drink:Now Through 2010
- Food Pairing Suggestionpolenta with Stilton and fresh herbs, or a lamb & rice casserole.