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2012 Cakebread Cellars Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Suscol Springs Vineyard"

Winery: Cakebread Cellars

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Suscol Springs Vineyard"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 96% Syrah & 4% Grenache

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $57

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: January 23, 2015

Wine Review: This dark ruby and slightly opaque colored Syrah from Cakebread opens with a mulberry bouquet with hints of peat moss, black pepper and musty cedar. On the palate, wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, and easy going. The flavor profile is a mild plum and gentle blackberry blend with a hint of coffee, oak and minerality. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are a little sticky. The panel suggested this Syrah would pair well with slow cooked braised short ribs. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Displaying a beautiful purplish hue signaling its depth and intensity, our 2012 Syrah presents a perfumed nose of fresh blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry fruit complemented by roasted earth and mocha tones. On the palate, the wine is dense, juicy and mouthfilling, with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, currant and dark plum leading to a long, rich finish featuring a hint of sandalwood spice and bolstered by fine, supple tannins. Although this lush, sumptuous Syrah is delicious now, it will develop further complexity with another 5-7 years’ aging.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Cakebread 2012 Syrah.

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