A Syrah is a Syrah is a Syrah and also a Shiraz but not a Sirah (Petite type)! Syrah originated in the Rhône Valley in France and is now widely planted in other regions of France, Italy, Australia (known there as Shiraz) and California. Cline’s Syrah is a wine of surprising complexity. The deep purple color explodes with fresh blueberry and black cherry jammy fruit spiced with cracked black pepper aromas.
The majority of this Syrah is grown in our Sonoma Coast vineyards; 8%
comes from our Contra Costa County vineyard. The combination of warm
days, foggy mornings and cool evenings make our Sonoma Coast vineyards
some of the most highly regarded in California. The warmer region of
Contra Costa County provides us with intensely flavored grapes.
The winemaking techniques we use begin with gentle de-stemming of the grapes and lightly crushing them to preserve fruit and limit harsh tannins. We introduce a cultured wine yeast and then maintain a moderate fermentation temperature in closed stainless steel tanks. The wine is “pumped-over” two to three times a day until we make the decision to press the wine from the skins. It is then aged for 14 months on a dark toasted French oak (35% new), which provides a wonderful deep and rich butterscotch characteristic.
Syrah is a fantastic grape to work with in the cellar. The deep red-purple color explodes and fascinates each time it is poured into a glass. Its origins stem from the Rhône Valley.
This wine is the epitome of savory. Fresh cracked black pepper aromas complement the black cherry fruitiness and make it a great match for grilled Salmon and sautéed vegetables served over pasta.