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19 Exceptional California Syrahs

A sampling of wines that displays the grpaes versatility in the Golden State

James Laube Posted Spetmeber 14, 2009

Move over Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.  Syrah is making a case for itself as the most versatile grape in California.

It can star just about anywhere it's grown.  Witness this week's sampling, a selection of notworthy wines from 2006 and 2007 vintages, extending north from Rockpile in Sonoma and south to Sta. Rita Hills.

No surprise that Lewis, Bennett Lane, Laiger Meredith and Failla Syrahs, from Napa Valley, are exceptional.  But within that sampling from Napa are wines from Mount Veeder (Laiger Meredith), Carernos (Lewis Hudson Vineyard) and Yountville (Rocca)..........

BENNETT LANE Syrah Napa Valley 2006 Score 92 - $45

A rich, powerful, tight and focused expression of Syrah, with full-bodied berry, dried currant, pepper, spice, herb and sage, all woven together in a tight thread, ending with a complex aftertaste.  Best from 2010 through 2016.  250 cases made. - J.L.

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