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Lawer Estates

Lawer Estates
2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.2% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$38

Lawer Estates
2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.2% RS: <1%
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark plum, blueberry coulis, violet petals, bacon, and Belgian waffle with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, elegant, very long finish displaying overtones of balsamic glaze, cedar, and black licorice with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An enormous, inky Syrah with lots of cellar potential; great balance of poise and strength.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex, Savory & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: dark plum, blueberry coulis, violet petals, bacon, and Belgian waffle
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of balsamic glaze, cedar, and black licorice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Flank Steak with Bacon Balsamic Glaze, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An enormous, inky Syrah with lots of cellar potential; great balance of poise and strength.

The Producer

Lawer Family Wines

The Producer
PO Box 1105
Calistoga, CA 94515
USA
1 707-331-3728

Their Portfolio

92 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.1% (USA) $24.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2015 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.2% (USA) $26.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2014 Hillside Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $64.00.
82 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard Una Late Harvest, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 15.3% (USA) $36.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2014 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.4% (USA) $28.00.
94 Lawer Estates 2014 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 14.7% (USA) $32.00.
82 Lawer Estates 2016 Una Late Harvest Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.7% (USA) $36.00.
80 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard Rosé, Syrah, Knights Valley 13.8% (USA) $22.00.
91 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $34.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2015 Hillside Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $65.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.6% (USA) $28.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2018 Rosé, Syrah, Sonoma County 13.8% (USA) $20.00.
94 Lawer Estates 2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 15.2% (USA) $38.00.
87 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.3% (USA) $28.00.
88 Lawer Estates 2017 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.6% (USA) $28.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Knights Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Lawer Estates 2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.7% (USA) $30.00.

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.