Locals Tasting Room
Locals Tasting Room
Is it any wonder why we love the wines from Sonoma, with its diverse appellations and weather patterns so great for grapes?
Here at Locals we have four Sonoma Syrah’s. Why not stop by and try a pairing yourself and make your own determination on the Syrah’s from these appellations as well weight in on; is Sonoma County truly the sweet spot in America for this varietal? First in your flight might be Ehret Syrah 2007. This Syrah was all handpicked from Estate Bavarian Lion Vineyards. The slightly higher elevation combined with the rich volcanic soil and warm sunny days create ideal growing conditions for Syrah. Notes of ripe, chewy, black fruits on the nose with hints of spice and green apple temp you to drink the whole thing! This Syrah sells for $32 a bottle retail at Locals or for two bottle and 6 bottle club members it sells for $27.20 and $25.60 respectively. Second in your flight might be Peterson Bradford Mountain Syrah. This 2007 “Gravity Flow Block”, Syrah is a big, flavorful wine. A portion of this block is planted to Viognier which is picked and co-fermented with the Syrah (a classic method of the Northern Rhone region mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle article), Aromas of blackberry, mineral and oak notes and just a touch of fine-grain leather will lead you to tastes of rich dark berries, creamy mocha and hints of minerality, leather and earth. Peterson Bradford Mountain Syrah sells retail at Locals for $48 a bottle and savings for club members are seen in the $40.80 and $38.40 for two bottle and six bottle club members respectively. Moving on in the Syrah pairing at Locals is Russian Hill-Estate Syrah. This unfiltered Syrah, with Malolactic fermentation taking place in oak barrels is softer to the palate with flavors of white pepper, nutmeg, cocoa, smoke, plum and dark fruited flavors. Russian Hill Estate Syrah sells for $30.00 a bottle retail and always club member save at $$25.50 and $24.00 for two bottle and six bottle members respectively.
Next on your journey down the wine road try Eric Ross Gout De La Vigne, from the famed Alder Springs Vineyard. Elevations reaching 2700 feet above sea level and only 14 clusters per vine carrying less than half the normal crop load help the Syrah ripen with not only power but the elegance of a cold climate Syrah which is co-fermented with Viognier from the same vineyard which adds to the strengths of this Syrah. Aromas of blueberry, pepper and eucalyptus with hits of licorice, integrated French and American oak barrels add a lovely Smokey note to this full bodied wine. Gout De La Vigne sells for $45 for non club members and $38.25 and $36.00 for two bottle and six bottle members respectively.
This wine is so fragrant and fruity that it too is almost best as an after-dinner bottle. It could be served with chocolate torte or creme brulee but by itself it flames with fragrance and flavors of pomegranate, dark cherries, black plums, balsa wood and cranberry. The one I tasted most recently was a bottle of the 2008 vintage, but I’ve found that Russian Hill produces consistent wines in every vintage – I’m curious to see how they did with Pinot Noir in the 2009 vintage given that that year’s weather was different than most – both in California and here in Denver.
In the spring of 2009, the 2006 Ensueños Tropicales Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, $20) made a brief but sublime appearance at our tasting room. Now, with an exclusive, limited allocation of wine, this popular, fruit-forward pinot noir returns, all grown up!
As before, this wine ably shows off the by-now classic Russian River pinot noir flavor profile. Built on those bright red cherry and subtle cola flavors, the wine is also exquisitely balanced, with a lush mouthfeel and solid tannins on the finish. 100% French oak barrels were used.
The extra time in the bottle has been good to this wine. Fall deep into this dandy daydream…and get a great buy too…while it lasts only!