Up here at Pride Mountain Vineyards, we have some passionate fans of syrah as a grape varietal, including both Steve Pride and myself. For us, the 2010 offering displays all of the characteristics of this mercurial grape at its best. The wine reveals exotic aromas of lilac, plum, boysenberry and cardamom, along with a dose of meatiness and butcher-block flavors. On the palate, a silky and supple texture is balanced by just enough tannin structure to affirm the wine's mountain pedigree. The blend includes our core Quartz Hill and Plateau blocks, which are planted to syrah clones 3, 5, 7 and Noir, as well as a new, small parcel of Alban clone which we call Red House. The syrah was cofermented with 1% viognier grape clusters that were gently pressed but not destemmed prior to blending with the syrah. We are excited by the results and think that you will be too.Back to Full Wine List
|Blend:||99% Syrah / 1% Viognier|
|Release Date:||May 2012|
- Febrauary 2012 Wine Advocate, Issue: Web Only 2013
Rich and extracted, with intense beefy dark berry and savory herb flavors that will surely reward cellaring. Tempting now, but the tannins hold you at arm's length. Best from 2013 through 2023. 886 cases made. –JL
- December 2012 Wine Advocate, Issue: December 2012
The 2010 Syrah bursts from the glass with sweet dark cherries, licorice, tobacco and menthol. A big, fruit-driven Syrah, the 2010 impresses for its combination of intense fruit and powerful structure. Today the fruit is quite primary, but more expressive varietal notes should develop with time. Sweet, floral notes add a measure of brightness on the finish. Overall, this is an impressive effort. The 2010 was aged in neutral oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.