Soo frickin’ good! Let’s just start there. If you’re looking for a wine with a little more earthiness, look no further. This wine has notes of bing cherry, jammy boysenberry, orange zest, vanilla and clove. When served cooler it will start on the medium body side, let it aerate and warm up a touch and it really opens up to its full potential.
Russian River Valley, CA
Food pairing notes
This is one of my favorite varietals to pair with barbecue and smoked meats. I do like this particular wine with slightly lighter styles of meat, like lamb chops, pulled pork sandwiches, or smoked sausages. If cheese is your thing this one easily goes with smoked cheddar or aged gouda.
This is seriously one of my favorite wines of all time. The nose alone causes me to stop and just smell for a few minutes. If you need to know the definition of a wine an exceptional nose, this is it. This syrah comes from Green Valley, which is within the Russian River AVA, one of the coolest regions in Sonoma and known for its foggy days. This in turn creates a little leaner style wine more reminiscent of the Northern Rhone Valley in France, where some of the best syrahs in the world hail from.
Side note: What’s the difference between syrah and shiraz? The short answer… nothing. They’re the same grape, just called different things depending on where they’re from. Most notably, Australia and South Africa call the wine shiraz, while most other places call it syrah.