Full Review

Crux Winery

Crux Winery
2016 Syrah, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40
Cellar Selection

Crux Winery
2016 Syrah, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried plum, cinnamon, chocolate ganache, creme brulee, and lilac with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, very long finish revealing notes of red peppercorns, pomegranate, tamarind chutney, and star anise with moderate oak flavor. A rich, brooding Syrah with fleshy-fruity dreamy oak and fine balance; elegant and with wow-factor.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style:
Aroma Aroma: dried plum, cinnamon, chocolate ganache, creme brulee, and lilac
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of red peppercorns, pomegranate, tamarind chutney, and star anise
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, brooding Syrah with fleshy fruity, dreamy oak and fine balance; elegant and with wow-factor.

The Producer

Crux Winery

The Producer
18850 Hassett Lane, Bldg C
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 707-837-8061

Their Portfolio

86 Crux Winery 2016 GSM Rosé, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $24.00.
92 Crux Winery 2014 GSM, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $42.00.
90 Crux Winery 2014 Syrah, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $38.00.
90 Crux Winery 2013 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
90 Crux Winery 2015 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 15.6% (USA) $36.00.
96 Crux Winery 2016 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 15.3% (USA) $38.00.
94 Crux Winery 2015 Grenache, Russian River Valley 14.7% (USA) $45.00.
94 Crux Winery 2015 GSM Red Blend, Russian River Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
BR Crux Winery 2016 Viognier, Alexander Valley 13.8% (USA) $30.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Crux Winery 2015 Syrah, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $40.00.
93 Crux Winery 2014 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $45.00.
90 Crux Winery 2017 Catie’s Corner Vineyard Grenache Blanc, Russian River Valley 13.2% (USA) $30.00.
88 Crux Winery 2017 Viognier, Alexander Valley 13.7% (USA) $30.00.
93 Crux Winery 2016 Grenache, Russian River Valley 14.4% (USA) $45.00.
93 Crux Winery 2016 GSM Red Wine, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $45.00.
90 Crux Winery 2016 Syrah, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
92 Crux Winery 2015 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 14.7% (USA) $45.00.
87 Crux Winery 2017 GSM Red Blend, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $45.00.
89 Crux Winery 2017 Syrah, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $42.00.
89 Crux Winery 2016 Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $45.00.
87 Crux Winery 2018 Estate, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.1% (USA) $40.00.

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.