2013 Cakebread Cellars Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Suscol Springs Vineyard"
Winery: Cakebread Cellars
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Suscol Springs Vineyard"
Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)
Grape blend: 100% Syrah
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: unknown
KWG Score: 90 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)
Review date: March 21, 2016
Wine Review: This pitch black colored Syrah from Cakebread reminds me of an offering from the Northern Rhone Valley. It opens with a matchstick and old leather like bouquet with hints of black cherry in the background. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a smoky oak and blueberry blend with notes of minerality and beef jerky. I also detected a hint of blackberry and dark roast coffee. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins and fruit flavors are nicely prolonged. This Syrah would pair well with slow cooked braised short ribs. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: This vintage of our single-vineyard Syrah boasts a deep, saturated color and dense, concentrated aromas of blackberry, blueberry, olallieberry and cassis complemented by attractive violet/lavender scents. The full-bodied palate, bolstered by firm, yet elegant tannins, delivers bright, intense, blackberry, black cherry and blackcurrant flavors culminating in a long, savory finish featuring hints of mineral and spice. Although this lush, sumptuous Syrah is delicious now, it will develop further complexity with another 5-7 years’ aging.
Organic status: not organic
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