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Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah 2018

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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V 96
A stunning wine, the 2018 Syrah Williamson-Doré Vineyard soars out of the glass with remarkable intensity in every dimension. Powerful, muscular tannins wrap around a core of inky dark fruit. Hints of lavender, licorice, leather and cloves develop later in this very young wine. The 2018 is 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier done with 10% whole clusters.
JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Syrah Williamson-Dore Vineyard is also straight-up terrific, with beautiful, Hermitage-like aromas and flavors of ground pepper, cured meats, new saddle leather, and crushed stone. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it shows the cooler style of the vintage in its purity and ripe, silky tannins, has lots of darker fruit, and a great finish. It’s pure Syrah goodness.
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Bill Wathen and Dick Dore have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time, their dedication has remained the same - the creation of very small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a "minimalist" approach to winemaking. Foxen is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, an English sea captain and Dick's great-great grandfather, who came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800s and purchased the Rancho Tinaquaic. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive "anchor" as his cattle brand, which became the trademark of the winery. Foxen is at home on the history Rancho Tinaquaic with its solar-powered winery, tasting room and 7200 "shack."
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Today it is an integral part of the greater Santa Barbara County wine region, but at one time the village, Los Olivos, was a stop on the Wells Fargo stagecoach line.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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