Super Syrah Tasting at Wine Watch Wine Bar

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 07:30 PM

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This tasting is part of the extensive research that we are doing here at the Wine Watch.  Tonight we are testing older vintages of Syrah/Shiraz to see just how they are drinking today to let you, our Wine Drinking People, know just when is the right time to drink your finest Shiraz based wines.

Syrah or Shiraz is one of the few red grape varietals that can by itself be made into a world class wine capable of being cellared for decades. Although the names are not identical- the grape varietal is the same.

There are many speculations as to the origin of this varietal but DNA profiling in 1999 found Syrah to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Syrah should not be confused with Petite Sirah, a synonym for Durif, a cross of Syrah with Peloursin dating from 1880.

Tonight we will do some experimenting with this varietal and study just how well Syrah from various places of origin ages. Of course, we have wines from The Rhone Valley, where the most famous examples from regions like Hermitage and Cote Rotie are the pinnacle of quality and age ability. Then we have to include some Aussie wines, the land down under has also been into syrah for quite some time now they have been growing Shiraz in Australia for over 100 years. And of course California, although they are the newcomers to the Syrah varietal, they are fast learners as California is producing some of the world's greatest examples of this dark skinned varietal.

Wine Watch Catering's Toni Lampasone will be making a few small courses to accompany the tasting wines. This is a sit down pre-poured event and is limited to 12 tasters, the fee for this tasting is $150 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463.

1989 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle: $250.00

2000 Araujo Syrah Napa

2000 Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D'Ampuis

2001 Fontodi Syrah Case Via Tuscany

2003 Greenock Creek Shiraz Alice's Barossa

2004 Pax Syrah Richards Family Vineyard

2009 Charles Smith Syrah Royal City

2012 Montes Alpha Syrah Colchagua Valley

2013 Sadie Family Columella South Africa



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