About This Wine
Through DNA testing, Syrah has been shown to be a cross of the black grape Dureza and a white variety, Mondeuse.
Both varieties have origins in France’s Rhone region, but it’s not known precisely when they were crossed to create Syrah — also known as Sirah in some locales, and as Shiraz in Australia and South Africa. It should not be confused with Petite Sirah, which is altogether a different grape variety.
Although Syrah acreage has existed in California for some time, most of the substantial plantings occurred in the 1990s. Today, the most acreage is in San Luis Obispo County with 2,671 acres, followed by San Joaquin County with 1,992 and Sonoma County with 1,926.
Indian Creek sourced Syrah grapes from all around the state to create this delicious cuvee, which also includes a few other red varieties. It has a lush mouthfeel and a wide spectrum of aromas and flavors — a delicious marriage of historic varieties.
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:Syrah & Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Jammy Berry Fruit, Pepper, Spice and a Hint of Leather
- When to Drink:Now Through 2010
- Food Pairing Suggestionsmoked sausages, stews or barbecued fare.