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Love Letter to Syrah

Love Letter to Syrah

A Vintage Affair: The Persian Legacy and Global Journey

Syrah, also revered as Shiraz, is more than just a red grape variety—it’s a symbol of vinous romance that has seduced wine aficionados worldwide. The first evidence of grape cultivation in Shiraz came around BC 2500, when vines were brought down from the mountains to the plains of southwest Iran. From these mystical beginnings, Syrah embarked on a global odyssey, finding a passionate embrace in the Rhône Valley of southeastern France. Its journey from the historic landscapes of Persia to the sun-kissed terrains of France marks a tale of adaptability, resilience, and the grape’s unwavering charm in producing exceptional wines.

The Essence of Elegance: Syrah’s Rich Tapestry of Flavors

Syrah’s allure lies in its thick-skinned berries, painting wines with a palette of deep colors and opulent flavors. Thriving in the warmth of regions like the Rhône Valley, Australia’s Barossa Valley, and California’s Central Coast, Syrah crafts a narrative of taste that is both bold and diverse. The grape’s profile serenades with notes of dark fruits—blackberries, plums, and cherries—accented with a spicy cadence of black pepper and clove, often with a whisper of smoky mystique. Aged in oak, Syrah’s complexity deepens, weaving a story of flavors that entice and intrigue.

Harmonious Blends and New World Charms: Syrah’s Global Embrace

In the famed vineyards of the Rhône Valley, Syrah finds companionship in Grenache and Mourvèdre, creating celebrated blends like Châteauneuf-du-Pape. These wines embody a symphony of varietals, each note contributing to a crescendo of enological excellence. Across oceans, in Australia, Syrah, known as Shiraz, basks in the Barossa Valley’s warmth, yielding full-bodied wines with ripe, sun-drenched flavors. California’s diverse climates allow Syrah to express itself in myriad ways, from vibrant and acidic to rich and fruit-forward. Whether standing proudly alone or harmoniously blended, Syrah’s versatility and adaptability continue to capture hearts, reflecting the essence of its terroir and the ardor of those who nurture it.

As wine enthusiasts continue to explore the vast world of Syrah, they encounter a grape that reflects the essence of the land it grows in. Whether in the Old World or the New World, Syrah has proven its ability to produce wines that captivate the senses and tell a unique story of the terroir, winemaking traditions, and the passion of those who cultivate its vines. From ancient Persian roots to contemporary vineyards, Syrah’s journey is a testament to the enduring love affair between humankind and the noble art of viticulture.

LXV 2021 Meso Syrah

Retail Price: $125

100% Syrah from Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

115 cases produced

This exquisite Syrah, originating from Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, is a masterpiece of winemaking. It flaunts a deep ruby red color with a purple hue, enchanting the eye. The nose is greeted with intense blackberry and violet aromas, laced with hints of black pepper, creating a captivating olfactory experience. On the palate, the wine is rich and velvety, revealing layers of ripe black cherry and plum, accented by a subtle touch of smoky oak. The wine achieves a harmonious balance with its well-integrated acidity and silky tannins, making it an ideal pairing for grilled meats and rich, savory dishes.

2021 Reserve Syrah

Retail Price: $95

100% Syrah from White Hawk Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

125 cases produced

The LXV 2021 Reserve Syrah, hailing from the renowned White Hawk Vineyard in Santa Barbara County, presents a unique expression of cooler climate Syrah. This wine intrigues with its distinct aromatic profile, blending seaweed-iodine spiciness with copious but finely textured tannins, and is underpinned by generous acidity. It’s a wine that pairs splendidly with a variety of sophisticated dishes, such as raclette with octopus, paella, and chicken korma, elevating the dining experience. The challenging sandy soils and the vineyard’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean contribute to the wine’s concentrated flavor and intense aromatics, reflecting the terroir’s unique character.

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