About This Wine
Pinot Noir often is unapologetically described in feminine terms.
Smooth. Silky. Sexy. Seductive. Syrah is the exact opposite. Syrah is a manly wine. And not merely manly — it’s more like a manly man. John Wayne. Clark Gable. Gary Cooper. Anthony Quinn. Clint Eastwood. “A glass of wine?” you may ask of Mr. Eastwood. “Go ahead, make my day,” he might reply.
Syrah, particularly as crafted in California by a group of vintners who have come to be known as the “Rhone Rangers,” is a big, mouth-filling, long-finishing wine that can stain a wine glass and stand up to the thickest and juiciest of grilled steaks. That said, even with its massive structure, it can be very easy to simply sip and savor.
The 2010 Syrah from Cross Creek Winery successfully follows both Syrah pathways. It’s a big, assertive wine that is amazingly easy-drinking. How to explain this seeming paradox? Well, even manly men have a sensitive side.
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 and Other Red Grape Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Smoked Meat, Black Currant, Berries and Dark Chocolate
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionbeef stew, or game dishes.
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 RecipePork 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