2007 Morgan Monterey Syrah

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90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "This wine's fruit feels impacted and black when first poured. With air it reveals ripe cherry and smoky blackberry flavors. It finishes bright and spicy, ready for lamb sausages." (2/10) From Wine Spectator: "Intense, with a strong mineral-pebble edge and dry, full-bodied, earthy currant and dried berry flavors that end with a savory herb flavor. Drink now through 2014. 1,600 cases made." (Feb. 28, 2010) From Wine Enthusiast: "A solid Syrah from superstar winemaker Morgan. With flavors of blackberries, Provençal herbs, currants and pepper, its bone dry and balanced. The tannins are a bit rustic, and call for a nice grilled steak." (12/31/2009) Robert Parker writes: "The 2007 Syrah Monterey exhibits high, tart acids along with hints of tapenade and red and black currants, and an elegant, fresh, lively style. It is a very good value for a Syrah made in a cool climate area. Drink it over the next 1-2 years." (08/10)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2010 | Send Email
This impressed me tremendously when I tasted it recently. Maybe it was just me extrapolating what it would be like with that smoked lamb or some of my three meat burgers, but I thought this was one of the best inexpensive Syrahs I’ve tasted all year. The nose sort of says it all with its deep spiciness and its sense of ripe, polished fruit. Fragrant and alive with the notes of green olive, whole black peppercorns, currant and toasted brioche this is much in the Northern Rhone style of say Crozes-Hermitage. Lush and fruity on entry with layers of cassis and black cherry while adding spice from front to back with aspects of roast fennel, tar, and hardwood smoke. Hungry anyone?

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3