2004 Rosenblum "Abba Vineyard" Lodi Syrah

SKU #1243348 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A top-notch value is the outstanding 2004 Syrah Abba Vineyard. Big, chewy, and full-bodied, with peppery, blackberry, cassis, and chocolate scents, this powerhouse Syrah is fabulous stuff. Readers who shy away from high octane Syrahs should pass this one by as it tips the scales at 16.5% alcohol! (RP)  (8/2007)

Connoisseurs Guide

 In truth, this massively extracted wine is, like its partner, way to ripe for its own good, but there is no getting past the fact that it is very rich and makes good use of sweet oak while holding on gamely to fruit. It too hints at raisins with chocolate to spare, and it is both hot and astringent later on, but it is deeper and better-filled than its mate.  (7/2006)

Wine Enthusiast

 Dark, soft and delicious, like drinking a glass of melted chocolate truffles laced with crème de cassis. This is the kind of California wine that freaks the French out. It's unbalanced, eccentric and unique. You either love it or hate it.  (11/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Dark in color, intense and concentrated, with chewy, beefy currant, wild berry, coffee liqueur and exotic spice, finishing with ripe, plush tannins. (JL)  (6/2006)

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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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Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.
Alcohol Content (%): 16.5