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Syrah700

2013 Syrah, Cooper Ranch

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Base price $27.00
$27.00
While Dick Cooper is known for his Barbera, his vineyards sunny days and cool nights are perfect for growing great Syrah. Rich and fruity with a smokey savory overtones, this wine is ideal with stews and braises.
Description

Syrah is known to have a multiple personality disorder. (Think Sybil, but in a bottle.) Depending on where and how it's grown and how it's handled in the winery, Syrah either emerges as a plush, jammy glass of black velvet or a complicated, thought-provoking bowl of pepper and leather--with a berry or two on top for good measure.

We think our 2013 Cooper Ranch Syrah balances the best of both. This wine is phenomenally fruit-driven, with pronounced flavors of fresh blueberry and bright, juicy black raspberry. There's a dash of black pepper, a sprinkle of savory, crisp bacon, and a whiff of smoky herbs. It's just begging for an invitation to dinner. Stews or braises, please.

VINTAGE NOTES

2013, like 2012, was noted for beautiful weather and optimal growing conditions. A warm spring, sunny days, and cool Foothills nights brought mature flavors to harvest almost four weeks earlier than usual.

Appellation:

Sierra Foothills (Amador County)

Blend:

97% Syrah/3% Viognier, co-fermented

Alcohol:

14.5%

TA:

0.55g/100 mL

Residual Sugar:

<0.10%

pH:

3.65

Malolactic Fermentation:

Complete

Barrel Aging:

27 months in 2-3 year old French oak barrels

Harvest Dates:

August 30, 2013

Brix at Harvest:

25.4o

Bottling Date:

February 15, 2016

Release Date:

May 1, 2016

Cases Produced:

100

THE VINEYARDS

While Dick Cooper is recognized as the master of Barbera, his vineyard's sunny days, cool nights, and rocky red soil are ideal for many of Southern Europe's favorite grape varieties. Like many Rhðne vignerons, the Coopers also cultivate Viognier, which is co-fermented with the Syrah—a classic method to intensify color and structure.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Our 2013 Syrah is a wine that’s made for savory dishes – whether vegetarian or meaty. Think big soups and stews with lots of herbs and spices. And be sure to save some for dessert. Dark or bittersweet chocolate is a natural partner for this distinctive wine.

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