Home > Previous Vintages > 2003 Syrah
wine historians say Syrah is the oldest varietals ever vinified into
wine…dating back to ancient civilization in the land now known as Syria.
It is hard to document such a claim but one thing is for sure – Syrah is
produced in as many corners of the globe today as is any other varietal!
Syrah will do well in many different climates, yet make a different wine
in each. From Washington State to the Shiraz (the same grape…a rose by
any other name…) from Australia.
I fell in love with Syrah by drinking the wines of France’s Rhone
Valley. Even in that area the wines can vary widely – the Southern
Rhone, Chateaunuef de Pape, produces a very rustic, meaty wine in many
vintages while areas in the Northern Rhone like Hermitage, or Cote Rotie
produce wines with a little more elegance yet still rich in color and
flavor, all the way to Syrah based Cote du Rhone which is often blended
with Grenache and makes an often lighter fruity table wine. The wines
from my vineyards are what I call “Cool Climate Syrah” The coastal
influence of the Russian River Valley gives the grapes a long “hang
time” on the vine which manifests a multitude of flavor chains, leading
to very complex, multi-layered wines – coupled with the consistent, warm
California sunshine results in something both bold and beautiful. Look
at the color of this wine – it’s darker and denser than any varietal we
Davis Family Vineyards:
52 Front Street, Healdsburg CA 95448