2011 Barrel 27 "Right Hand Man" Central Coast Syrah

SKU #1148308

This robust Syrah contains 7% Viognier, adding aromatic lift and viscosity on the palate, a nod to Cote Rotie. Syrah does particularly well in California's Central Coast, where the warmth of the summer sun is moderated by cooling oceanic breezes, allowing grapes to ripen to full maturity while preserving acidity over a long growing season. The 2011 production includes fruit from the Les Galets, Hinnrichs, Hampton, McGinley, and Kimsey Vineyard. Aged for 22 months in a combination of French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels (10% new) this is bold, ripe and spicy, with rich dark fruit aromas and flavors layered with dark chocolate, candied orange peel, and scents of exotic spice. It is full-bodied and concentrated - the perfect kind of 'right hand man' for hearty stews and braises!

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/2/2014  | Send Email
The Right Hand Man is a deep, juicy Syrah full of herbal character, driving blackberry and currant, fresh game, pepper; truly all of the great Syrah characteristics show through. With its deep, silky, and softly tannic finish, this is a solid $18 Syrah that should please everyone at your next BBQ!

By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/28/2014  | Send Email
I know it isn’t really cool right now to say this in the wine world but I really love Syrah. The indifference from most about it has really baffled me, not to mention numerous winemakers and marketers, over the last 5-6 years. Maybe the issue, like with international Pinot Noir before it, is that it is too much of a moving target. It can be lean, spicy and meaty or rich, heavy and fruit driven. It can be just about anything but when I taste good syrah it is unmistakable. The Barrel 27 “Right Hand Man” was one of those Syrahs that there is no way anyone could miss. Leaning towards the riper side of the spectrum but still loaded with spice this wine had balance that is rare for under $20. A mélange of cola, white pepper, tar and wet asphalt combine on the forceful but pleasing nose. The juicy core of this wine shines through and delivers tangy currant and richer oak based flavors of vanilla and caramel which add the depth that most like to see in their Syrahs. Throw in a little smoky/bacon fat note in the finish and you have yourself a rock solid Syrah.

By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
First sip, a combination of fresh meat and dark floral notes; weird, but fun. Second sip, cocoa bean and spicy pepper note, classic Syrah but slightly brighter. Third sip, smooth silky finish, easy to drink, and makes me want to cook up a good, slow-cooking meat stew. Made in the classic Cote Rotie fashion but only a fraction of the price--yes, please!
Top Value!

By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/9/2014  | Send Email
Great Syrah character! Dark fruited with notes of game, minerals and spice, this wine has remarkable balance and depth for $18!

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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.
Sub-Region:

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 (%): 15.2