2016 Russian River Valley Syrah
2016 Russian River Valley Syrah

2016 Russian River Valley Syrah

Regular price $38 Compare at: $60-$70
(price for the same wine under its original label)
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1178 in stock

Recognition

Consistently 94-95 points from multiple reviewers (Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate) over the last five vintages.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 growing season, like many in Northern California, provided ideal conditions for almost all varietals. High-elevation vineyards were used for this wine, and the low-yield vines produced grapes of incredible quality. 

This wine is everything that Syrah should be - bold without being jammy. On the nose, concentrated blackberries. The big fruit is structured with medium tannins and hints of bacon fat and white pepper on the finish.  

Best paired with: Grilled meats & vegetables (lamb is the classic pairing), beef stew, comfort food and a cool fall evening.

The Story

Like our other Russian River offerings this summer, we found this when tasting through the small lots of wine available from a well-known Sonoma producer.

This particular wine had been resting in neutral oak, well-cared for by the cellarmaster for the last two years. Under normal circumstances, the wine would have been bottled by the producer and distributed through their restaurant program. But that channel was nearly shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we were able to secure 4 barrels (100 cases) of this stellar Syrah.

Wine Stats

- Production: 100 Cases
- Blend: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier
- AVA: Russian River Valley 
- ABV: 14.5%
- Drinking window: 2020 - 2030

- Comparable price: $60 - $70