J. Lohr - South Ridge - Syrah
Overview: The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of lime-laden and gravelly soils, which rein in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. A third of this fruit was grown in the Adelaida district, which infuses the blend with aromatic white pepper and sandalwood notes. Another third is from blocks in the the warmer Estrella district, where Syrah flavors tend toward black tea and camphor. The balance is from our high elevation Beck Vineyard in the Creston sub-AVA, adding exceptionally dark color and blue fruit notes.
Tasting Notes: Varietal aromas of blueberry and black tea are accented by floral notes, bergamot, and lilac in the J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah. The native spice and structure of this Northern Rhône cultivar is lengthened and lifted by the inclusion of Grenache, Viognier, and Mourvèdre.
Pairing: Pair with a slow-roasted pork shoulder and herbed potatoes. For simple, casual fare, try a classic BLT.
Points: 92, The Tasting Panel
Format / ABV: 750 ml/13.9%
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