Shirah Winery Syrah

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Once again toying with the blend while remaining in the Rhone and completing the Northern Rhone trifecta of white wines by adding Marsanne to the mix.  This year’s version was comprised of 75% Viognier from White Hawk, 12.5% Marsanne and 12.5% Roussanne from Santa Barbara.  Once again a complex and layered white wine with plenty of character and the delightful streak of bitterness keeping everyone on their toes.  A rich and expressive nose has plenty of tropical fruit, honeysuckle, lavender, and summer stone fruits from the Viognier but these are matched with earthy minerals, garrigue, orange pith and almond notes from the other two varietals.  The viscous and near full-bodied palate is loaded with bracing acidity that integrates the flavors and keeps everything honest.  Treat this more like a glass of red wine, allow it to open and appreciate its complexities (or do it at least once while enjoying its refreshing crispness the rest of the time).

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