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2009 Crystal Basin Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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I’ve been saying for years now that the Sierra Foothills area of California has a very good potential for being the next well-known area for producing world-class cool-climate wines. Crystal Basin has been doing just that and this 2009 Syrah makes a great case for the values coming out of that area.

Technical Data:

  • Varietals and Sources: BushBrothers Sumu-Kaw Vineyard, El Dorado County
  • Harvest Date: 4 Different Clonal Lots: Sept 24, 2009 / Oct 3, 2009 / Oct 9, 2009 / Oct 10, 2009
  • Brix at Harvest: 26.5 to 27.5
  • Time in Barrel: 18 months
  • Type of Oak: Neutral French & American
  • Alcohol: 15.5%
  • Bottled: April 21, 2011
  • Production: 311 cases
  • Price: $22

Nose: Blueberry, pie crust, spice, “boo-berry” cereal, plums, pepper, black licorice,

Taste: Very nice combination of blueberry compot, spiced blackberry, hoysen sauce, peppercorns, leather, mexican chocolate and jerky. Solid mid palate that displays a stellar combo of acid, tannin and fruit. The finish begs for lamb, game or duck.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%