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Syrah700

2014 Syrah, Cooper Ranch

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List Price: $28.00
$28.00
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 2014 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

2014 was notable for lower than average rainfall in the spring and higher than average temperatures during the growing season. Syrah is typically our first red grape harvested—right around Labor Day—and, while warm, this year’s harvest was right on schedule.

Appellation:

Sierra Foothills (Amador County)

Blend:

97% Syrah/3% Viognier, co-fermented

Alcohol:

14.9%

TA:

0.55g/100 mL

Residual Sugar:

<0.10%

pH:

3.7

Malolactic Fermentation:

Complete

Barrel Aging:

27 months in 2-3 year old French oak barrels

Harvest Dates:

September 10, 2014

Brix at Harvest:

25.4o

Bottling Date:

February 20, 2017

Release Date:

Nov 1, 2017

Cases Produced:

70

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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