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Syrah from around the World!

Syrah is a fantastic grape. It's versatile, it's great on it's own, it's a major blending grape in France and other parts of the world. Have you ever tried Australian Syrah next to a South African Shiraz? Or a Washington State Syrah next to a Sonoma Coast one? Now's your chance! Syrah's not only delicious, but it's also a great winter red. It's hearty, full-bodied, plush and elegant. Pull on your favorite wool sweater and sip away.

2013 Radio-Coteau Syrah Las Colinas, Sonoma Coast – Sonoma Coast, California ($52)
Radio-Coteau works closely with select cool-climate coastal vineyard sites in Western Sonoma County and Anderson Valley to produce wines with vibrant, balanced fruit and a distinct sense of place. Winemaker Eric Sussman makes wine that is indicative of what is possible for cool climate Syrah. The 2013 vintage is a blend from single-vineyard sites with a sultry inkiness and chewy tannins. Aged in 500-liter oak barrels with minimal sulfite addition.

2012 Dussek Family Cellars, Syrah – Columbia Valley, Washington State ($22)
Jean Claude Beck works as the winemaker of this Syrah from the Dussek Family Cellars line. Beck used to work with Owen Roe Winery, also in Oregon and Washington, and hails from Alsace, France where his family wine history has roots going back to 1570. This Syrah is aged in French barrique for 24 months. Full bodied and juicy red fruit framed by notes of cocoa and toasty vanilla.
 
2014 Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph – Rhône Valley, France ($38)
This Saint-Joseph is an ancient form of Syrah called Serine from the town in the Northern Rhone called Malleval. With notes of redcurrant, wild raspberry, liquorice, and tobacco box, this Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph is grown on granite sand and aged in an assortment of new and old barrels. Bottled without filtering.
 
2011 Dieu Donné Shiraz, Franschhoek – Western Cape, South Africa ($17)
Dieu Donné Vineyards was acquired by Robert Maingard in1987 in search of his French roots in South Africa. This spectacular mountainous Estate is situated high against the Franschhoek mountain range in the Western Cape. Steep southwest facing slopes endure cool summers and are unirrigated, further concentrating the flavors and character of the unique terroir in the grapes. The wine was macerated for 12 days on the skins and then matured for 6 months in French oak barrels. A soft and smooth new-world Shiraz with fruity black plum flavors and a hint of pepper.
 
2014 Jamsheed, 'Warner Vineyard', Beechworth Syrah – Victoria, Australia ($64)
Gary Mills is the visionary, brains and hands behind Jamsheed. The Syrah vines at Warner Vineyard are 50 years old and occupy a beautiful, west facing position at 1,400 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Alpine Valley. The 2014 is vibrant and full of mineral freshness, an almost Pinotesque expression of Syrah with sappy beetroot notes, licorice, blackcurrant liqueur, and dark fruits.
 
2014 Fabrizio Dionisio ‘Castagnino’, Cortona – Tuscany, Italy ($19)
The ‘Castagnino’, or ‘little chestnut’ is 100% estate grown Syrah from Fabrizio Dionisio’s vineyards in Cortona in Tuscany. It’s aged in stainless steel and cement vats and has a fresh, fruiy flabor with notes of plum, juniper berries, violets and a slight herbaceousness. 

Earlier Event: December 22
Holiday Wine Tasting with Don from Ideal
Later Event: December 31
Champagne ALL DAY