Wine Tasting - New Releases Reds of California Syrah|
JUNE 29TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of California Syrah, for inclusion on our list. Syrah is the primary (sometimes sole) grape variety used to make the famous Rhone wines of Cote Rotie and Hermitage and in fact also forms the backbone structure of most Rhone blends, including Chateauneuf du Pape. Although cultivated since antiquity, competing claims to the origin of this variety have it either being transplanted from Persia, near the similarly-titled city of Shiraz or to being a native vine of France. Starting in 1998, combined research of the University of California at Davis and the French National Agronomy Archives in Montpellier proved syrah is indeed indigenous to France. DNA profiling proved syrah to be a genetic cross of two relatively obscure grapes, the white mondeuse blanc and the black dureza. Syrah is a fairly new variety in California, first introduced in 1971. Some of the state's original vines were propagated from Hermitage in the Rhone Valley and some from Australian cuttings. It is also one of California's most rapidly increasing varieties. In 1984, there were less than 100 acres. By 2007,there were nearly 19,000 vineyard acres planted to Syrah, nearly a third of which is less than four years old. Plantings range over all of the state's temperature zones, from the coolest to the warmest, with San Luis Obispo, San Joaquin, Sonoma, Monterey, Madera and Santa Barbara together accounting for more than half the total acreage. Syrah forms intense wines, with deep violet, nearly black color, chewy texture and richness, and often alcoholic strength, with aromas that tend to be more spicy than fruity.
The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
J.Lohr, "South Ridge", Paso Robles 2010
Clayhouse Vineyard, Paso Robles 2010
Bonny Doon, "Le Pousseur", Central Coast 2009
Bedrock, North Coast 2011
Arcadian, "Westerly Vineyard", Santa Ynez Valley 2006
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per person.
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