Full Review

Alexander Valley Vineyards

Alexander Valley Vineyards
2018 Estate, Syrah, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24
Cellar Selection

Alexander Valley Vineyards
2018 Estate, Syrah, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Violet color. Aromas of black peppercorn on melon rind, raspberry jam, lardons, vanilla bean, and cigar wrapper with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long watermelon, pomegranate, and toast finish with moderate oak flavor. A high-acid, toasty Syrah that will pair like a dream with lamb; drink now or cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: black peppercorn on melon rind, raspberry jam, lardons, vanilla bean, and cigar wrapper
Taste Flavor: watermelon, pomegranate, and toast
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Rack of Baby Lamb, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A high-acid, toasty Syrah that will pair like a dream with lamb; drink now or cellar.

The Producer

Alexander Valley Vineyards

The Producer
8644 Hwy 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-280-8021

Syrah

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Syrah - also known as Shiraz, especially in Australia - is a red wine with rich, zesty plum and blackberry fruit along with a light spicy, sometimes peppery quality. The grape has light to medium tannins, meaning lighter versions are drinkable upon release. This has certainly helped this wine's popularity in the United States.

Full-bodied versions, such as Côte-Rôtie from France's Rhone Valley, are intense, deeply concentrated wines that need many years to round out; these are generally at their best seven to ten years after the vintage and can drink well for 20 years plus from the best vintages.

Recommended foods with Syrah include most red meats, game and barbecued foods.