Sonoma County Syrah

Donelan

Cuvée Christine Sonoma County Syrah 2013

Guilty pleasures. Donelan wines are amazing. This is no exception. Smooth and silky with blackberries and raspberries. Tannins well integrated. A true delight @joedonelan Yum This cuvee is an unbelievable gem at sub $50. Keep the great wines coming. — 10 days ago

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Flanagan Family Vineyards

Syrah 2013

“Gorgeous” as vinous says — 2 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2017

The first European grapes were planted in what is now the U.S. in the 1600s, where Spanish missionaries in New Mexico needed sacramental wine. But Phylloxera was ever-present near the eastern population centers, so the earliest American wine industries were built on hybrid grapes. Cincinnati's sparkling Catawba was America's first cult wine, followed by cultivars like Norton, Isabella, and Concord in Missouri and Virginia. The sleeping giant began to awaken in the 1850s, when Agoston Haraszthy began importing high-quality vine material to California.

It all came crashing down with Prohibition in 1920. Not only were vineyards ripped up and knowledge lost, but the American palate became soft and sweet. Low-quality fortified wine from whatever grapes were available became the standard of the American wine industry.

Things began to shift in the 1960s. Robert Mondavi brought dry table wine, varietally labeled, back to the forefront. Boutique producers like Ridge began to creep toward European quality standards. The 1976 Judgement of Paris blind tasting, a sweeping victory for the Americans, proved that the New World wine was here to stay.

(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû's Wines 'History of Wine 1453AD-Present' seminar, where this wine was poured)
— 5 days ago

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Ramey Wine Cellars

Rodger's Creek Vineyard Syrah 2014

100% new barrel is very well integrated. Needs some time open, very primary at first, but with air shows Syrah secondary. Smooth. Drinkable for the category. — 9 days ago

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Pax

Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah 2007

Wow. So deep. But still a bit tight and bites down on the finish. The 2nd day hinted at the potential with a big open nose checking all the Syrah goodness boxes; flowers, smoked meats, etc. I'm going to wait a few years with my remaining bottles hoping to hit that perfect spot. — 18 days ago

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Scott Soren

Scott Soren

Great bottle. Still have a few in the cellar. Cheats 🥂🥂

Failla

Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast Syrah 2009

Might have a year or two past it’s prime. Was a bit light I thought. — 14 days ago

Arnot-Roberts

Sonoma Coast Syrah 2015

This is a beautiful wine. What Vinous missed, or what may not have been showing earlier, is the overt violets on the nose. — 7 days ago

Ely, Shay and 16 others liked this

Baker Lane

Estate Vineyard Syrah 2012

It makes a nice wine this grape. Blackberries of Love! — 13 hours ago

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Arnot-Roberts

Griffin's Lair Vineyard Syrah 2013

Drinking very well now with a bit of decanting — 18 days ago

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Pax Mahle Wines

Cuvee-Viticole Sonoma County Syrah 2017

This was a bit too stemmy for me. Underneath the green notes resides a nicely crafted Syrah of modest alcohol and extraction. — 21 days ago

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