2005 Barrel 27 Central Coast Syrah

SKU #1039394

From Wine Spectator: "Well-proportioned, ripe and juicy, with supple wild berry and blackberry fruit that's smooth and elegant, ending with a nice dash of spice and herb. Drink now through 2012. 5,000 cases made." (Web Only '08) Who said great wine has to cost a mint? This may be one of the best values in California syrah available today. From winemakers Russell From and Mac Meyers, this is a rich fruit-forward wine with all of the spicy, meaty notes you'd expect from something three-times the price.

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/12/2008  | Send Email
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Mark this down, I'm loving a California syrah! Yes it has lots of up front fruit but it isn't overripe. It has balance, freshness, richness and still gives that California richness in the mouth and all for an unbeliveable price.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/27/2008  | Send Email
This wine is all about what a wine priced less than $15 can show when made well and balanced. It starts with a deep rich purple color and gives ripe rasberry aromas with a background of violets and spice. The lush mouthfilling fruit stays in check with good acidity as well as a background of anise and pepper. The long finish is all pepper and rasberries. Rich and seductive and all for $14.99.
Top Value!

 By: CH |  Review Date: 5/19/2009 
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Had this a few times with friends, everyone fell in love with it. All you want from a CA Syrah, earth, fruit, acid, creaminess, weight. Maybe better alone than with a meal, but pairs well with cheese, and people...

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- 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.
Country:

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.
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California

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.6