Full Review

Alta Colina

Alta Colina
2013 Toasted Slope Estate, Syrah, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: .2%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$48
Cellar Selection

Alta Colina
2013 Toasted Slope Estate, Syrah, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: .2%
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and berries and smoked bacon with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish with impressions of dried blueberries and citrus, mixed peppercorns, and oak with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, deeply fruited wine with nice firm oak and spice notes; give this a bit of time to blossom.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: roasted nuts and berries and smoked bacon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of dried blueberries and citrus, mixed peppercorns, and oak
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Well-Marbled Steak, Grilled NY Strip Steak, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chewy, deeply fruited wine with nice firm oak and spice notes; give this a bit of time to blossom.

The Producer

Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery

The Producer
2725 Adelaida Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-227-4191

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.