About This Wine
“The great Syrah areas of California are still being discovered.”
So says Hilarie Clarke Harrison of Harrison-Clarke Wine, who adds: “We believe the future for great Syrah is in the Santa Ynez Valley.” It’s a valley that lies just north of Santa Barbara, with a distinctive east-west mountain range formation that allows morning fog to drift in from the Pacific Ocean.
That fog creates ideal conditions for winegrape growing, and Harrison believes the limestone subsoil, similar to that found in the Rhone region of France, provides a welcoming climate for traditional Rhone varieties such as Syrah and Grenache. The Harrison-Clarke hillside estate is planted to 10 acres of Syrah and 1.5 acres of Grenache.
If you enjoy Rhone wines, you’re going to love this California “take” on Syrah, with its full-bodied, opulent personality, and mouth-coating texture. While it’s built to age, it also can be enjoyed now, particularly when accompanied by hearty beef dishes or venison.
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:Santa Ynez Valley Area of Santa Barbara County
- Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, Chalk and Assorted Spices
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2017
- Food Pairing Suggestionhearty beef dishes, or venison.
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