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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Spectator, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 The Wine Advocate
Region: Central Coast, California
Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%
Item no. 120639
In 2010 Tierra Alta lowered its output by dropping their crop to one cluster per shoot for a yield of about two and a half tons per acre. The result is a darker and more concentrated Tierra Alta than we have seen in years past. But have no fear, this Tierra Alta still shines with all the wonderful characteristics that its famed clone has to offer. The 99 Syrah clone is known for its mineral and earthy nuances and dynamic yet elegant fruit notes. So while this vintage is very extracted, it is also very finessed and feminine. This wine is driven by velvety flavors of plum, violet, and blueberry balanced by a strong backbone of lively acidity. Try this Syrah with duck or turkey as well as heartier meat dishes. Drink this wine now or age it over the next 8 or 9 years.
Exhibits a broad range of supple flavors, extending from beefy wild berry to touches of blueberry, tomato paste and olive tapenade to loamy earth. Beautifully balanced, this is elegant and stylish. Drink now through 2023.
Inky ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry-cola on the nose, with deeper notes of licorice, cured meat and candied violet. The lush, creamy palate offers brighter red fruit flavors and shows excellent clarity and exotic floral character. Displays an intriguing blend of richness and vivacity, finishing with outstanding power and sweet, harmonious tannins.
The 2010 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard shows off gorgeous red fruit, floral notes and sweet spices, all of which add complexity to the wine’s medium-bodied personality. There is an inner sweetness and directness in the 2010 that is either missing or just not apparent today in the 2009. Sweet floral and spiced notes wrap around the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.