Full Review

City Winery

City Winery
2016 Au Naturel, Syrah, Santa Barbara

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
No Added Sulfites
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$32

City Winery
2016 Au Naturel, Syrah, Santa Barbara

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Exotic, meaty aromas and flavors of pickled pigs feet and duck eggs, vellum with wax seal in a leather binder, plum chutney, and pomegranate molasses with a supple, bright, fruity medium-full body and an even, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of blackberry compote with moderate oak flavor. A big and meaty Syrah with ample fruit and tannins.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, New World, Rich & Full, Savory & Funky
Aroma Aroma: pickled pigs feet and duck eggs, vellum with wax seal in a leather binder, plum chutney, and pomegranate molasses
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of blackberry compote
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Goulash, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A big and meaty Syrah with ample fruit and tannins.

The Producer

City Winery

The Producer
155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
USA
1 212-608-0555

Their Portfolio

89 City Winery 2015 "Soho-vignon Blanc", Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
91 City Winery 2012 Brut Nature Sparkling, North Fork of Long Island 12% (USA) $49.00.
88 City Winery 2012 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2014 Haystack Peak Vineyards Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2013 Bettinelli Vineyard Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
84 City Winery 2015 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 14.1% (USA) $26.00.
90 City Winery 2015 Vin de Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.9% (USA) $22.00.
89 City Winery 2012 Brut Nature, North Fork of Long Island 12% (USA) $49.00.
88 City Winery NV Chazak Red Dessert Wine 15.5% (USA) $25.00.
94 City Winery NV Chazak Dessert Wine, California 15.51% (USA) $25.00.
90 City Winery 2015 Vin de Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.9% (USA) $22.00.
91 City Winery 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $38.00.
90 City Winery 2016 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
93 City Winery 2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
91 City Winery 2016 Hyland Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 12.8% (USA) $36.00.
87 City Winery 2017 Rooftop Rosé, Syrah, North Coast 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
87 City Winery 2016 Downtown Local Alder Springs Vineyard, Roussanne, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $.00.
93 City Winery 2015 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Syrah, Mendocino 14.1% (USA) $38.00.
92 City Winery 2017 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
90 City Winery 2016 Bacigalupi Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.1% (USA) $42.00.
90 City Winery 2016 Hyland Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 12.8% (USA) $36.00.
88 City Winery 2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
89 City Winery 2016 Downtown Local Alder Springs Vineyard, Roussanne, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $28.00.
92 City Winery 2016 Au Naturel, Syrah, Santa Barbara 14.1% (USA) $32.00.
90 City Winery 2017 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
88 City Winery 2018 Rooftop Rosé, Syrah, Mendocino County 12.9% (USA) $18.00.
92 Wiseman Cabernet 2012 Haystack Peak Vineyards Kosher Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.

Syrah

Wine Glass Zinfandel.jpg
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.