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2012 Dutton Goldfield Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Cherry Ridge Vineyard"

Winery: Dutton Goldfield

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cherry Ridge Vineyard"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Syrah

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 501

KWG Score: 93 (based on 2 reviews)

Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: January 21, 2015

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Syrah from Dutton Goldfield opens with a fragrant red raspberry and oak bouquet with a hint of dark cherry and pepper. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and seamless. The flavor profile is a ripe plum and vanilla oak blend with hints of black cherry and red raspberry. The finish is dry and its soft fine tannins are slightly prolonged. The panel suggested that this Syrah would pair well with slow cooked pulled pork shoulder or coq au vin. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Tasting this decadent, velvety, mouthfilling wine, we're reminded how much we've missed our Cherry Ridge Syrah these past two years. The wine greets with boysenberry and cherry vanilla aromas, the signature white pepper, and hints of grilled meat, cedar, and an exotic Asian spice element. The first sip slowly expands in your mouth, all juicy richness, dark and sweet in the middle and red and bright on the edges. The tannins are big as Syrah should be, but they’re especially fine, and the finish is unusually bright and fresh for the varietal. The big flavors of this wine make a great match for hard salty cheddar cheeses, as well as braised veal or a grilled sirloin.

Organic status: not organic

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