About This Wine
Willow Springs has produced a delicious California take on a historic French variety.
Syrah is most closely associated with the Northern Rhone appellations of Hermitage and Cote-Rotie, where French vintners produce wines of phenomenal elegance and longevity. It’s a very flexible variety and can make elegant and restrained wines, as well as wines bursting with fruit and oak, in locations as diverse as France, South Africa, Australia and California.
The first records of Syrah in the U.S. show it arriving in California in 1878, but it remained scarce until the late 20th century, with only 1,200 tons harvested in 1992. As Golden State winemakers recognized its potential, the acreage increased nearly a hundredfold in 10 years, with the roughly 18,000 acres of Syrah in 2005.
The 2008 Willow Springs Syrah, which includes small amounts of other red varieties in its blend, is a spicy and fruitful wine that provides plenty of drinking satisfaction.
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:A Blend of Syrah and Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Cherry, Currant, Cedar, Chocolate & Black Pepper
- When to Drink:Now Through Mid-2012
- Food Pairing Suggestionbarbecued fare, beef stew, or lamb chops.
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
Smoked Duck A La Orange Just in case this year's California wildfires impart a smoky flavor to vintage 2008 wines, here's a recipe that will match up nicely. Otherwise, try this dish - developed by Garre Winery Executive Chef Ty Turner -- with naturally smoky wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir or Syrah. Get The Recipe