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2018 Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah

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Latest Sale Price

March 3, 2024 - $41

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RATINGS

96Vinous / IWC

Powerful, muscular tannins wrap around a core of inky dark fruit. Hints of lavender, licorice, leather and cloves...

95Wine Enthusiast

...aromas of smoked lamb, seared beef fat, iodine and roasted plum on the nose...palate flashes a bit of acidity at first, and then is consumed by the smoked meat and roasted berry flavors, with purple flower and white pepper adding nuance...acidity pops back out on the finish.

95Jeb Dunnuck

...also straight-up terrific, with beautiful, Hermitage-like aromas and flavors of ground pepper, cured meats, new saddle leather, and crushed stone. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it shows the cooler style of the vintage in its purity and ripe, silky tannins, has lots of darker fruit, and a great finish.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley AVA is home to more wineries than any other area in Santa Barbara County. The appellation was established in 1983 and it includes a total of 76,800 acres, of which 1,500 acres are vineyards. Chardonnay is the dominant grape in this appellation, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. The appellation runs east and west with temperatures and microclimates changing significantly from warmer in the east to cool by the time the district gets close to the Pacific Ocean. In recent years Rhone-style wines have been successfully made here, and vineyards now are also planted to Syrah, Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Mourvedre and Marsanne.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.