Bottle Notes, Syrah

2010 Spottswoode Syrah Field Book Griffin’s Lair Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains.

The Spottswoode Estate was bought by Jack and Mary Novak in 1972. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982. Spottswoode also makes an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, a second Cabernet named Lydenhurst and a Rhone blend known as Field Book.

Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is in an area known as the Petaluma Gap. The Petaluma Gap is southernmost section of the Sonoma Coast AVA.

Dark red in color. 14.8% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, game and olive brine. Medium to full bodied with exquisite acidity. Super plush and well balanced. Cherries, blood, barbecued meats and olives on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. Just a tremendous Syrah that leaves you wanting Spottswoode to make this wine more available. Best over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 94 points.

This Syrah bottling is only available to members of the Spottswoode Wine Club.

I blogged about Spottswoode previously in Overlooked Wines from Great Producers.

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