Drink + Dine + Learn
Join us for this very special Syrah Wine Dinner
When: December 8th 4pm – 7pm
Where: /pôr/ wine house | 701 A Main St Louisville, CO 80027
Tickets: $70 per person / $130 per couple
You are cordially invited to join us for a four-course wine dinner featuring a variety of unique and delicious wines from the Syrah grape varietal.
4 courses, 4 wines, 1 incredible experience.
This 4-course dinner experience will feature 4 wines from the Syrah grape and an additional dessert wine. The menu will be prepared and paired by our culinary team to highlight the natural flavors of our premium wine selection.
/por/ wine house is featuring the 7th in a series of the 18 Noble Grapes with Syrah.
Syrah – PART 7 of 18
For the month of November, we are featuring one of the great cold-weather red wines – Syrah! Syrah originated in France, in the Rhône Valley, and remains the reference point for this grape. Here it is at its most savory and spicy. Syrah made it to Australia in the 19th Century and was called Shiraz there, after the Persian city renowned for wine trade in Antiquity. Some have speculated that Syrah actually came from Persia, but this appears to be false. In the 20th Century, plantings of Syrah sprung up across the new world, finding its way to North and South America, and to South Africa, where the name Shiraz is also used.
Syrah is bottled as a single varietal in most places, but it is also a key blending grape in the Southern Rhône (and all over the world where the wines of the Southern Rhône are imitated. Ever heard the term “GSM”? No, not General Sales Meeting — Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre. That’s basically a Southern Rhône Blend with a clever Australian moniker that is now sometimes used in the States.
Syrah is fascinating because it tastes so different depending on where it’s grown. This month at POR, we have chosen 4 wines that showcase just how extreme those differences can be.
Mitolo Jester Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia
Made by Mitolo, the terrific family estate in McLaren Vale, near Adelaide, Australia. This wine shows the friendly, warm side of Syrah. This is an easy-drinking wine that feels like a hug. Great for a cold evening!
Here’s what the critic James Suckling had to say (he also gave the wine 92 points!): “A very approachable and medium-bodied Shiraz that offers red plums, raspberries and a lightly spicy character. Fresh and flavorsome.”
Tablas Creek “Patelin de Tablas” Rouge, Paso Robles, California
To showcase Syrah’s importance as a blending grape, we chose a wine from the great Tablas Creek in Paso Robles. Founded in 1989, it is the culmination of a friendship that dates back to 1967, between two of the international wine community’s leading families: the Perrins of Château de Beaucastel and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands (Beaucastel’s first and only American importer). After a 4-year search, the partners chose West Paso Robles for its many similarities to the Southern Rhône and began the lengthy process of importing vine cuttings, building a grapevine nursery, and creating an estate vineyard from the ground up. The wines are certified organic and biodynamic.
The Wine Spectator gave this wine 91 points. This is what they had to say: “This blend of 52% Syrah, 31% Grenache, 11% Counoise and 6% Mourvè is a complete success. Fresh aromas of carnations, purple flowers, crushed cranberries, plump berries and dried sage lead into a taut palate of red plums, red cherries and potpourri spice.”
Guigal St. Joseph, France
St. Joseph is one of the appellations of the Northern Rhône where Syrah is expressed in its most “authentic” form. This wine is made by Guigal family, whose influence on Rhône wines in particular and wine in general is almost too huge to comprehend. Robert Parker famously called Etienne Guigal (now deceased) “the greatest winemaker on Earth.” And while our budget doesn’t allow for bringing in the Guigal “La La” wines that cost upwards of $600 or $700 a bottle, the St. Joseph is stunning, and an absolutely perfect example of Syrah from the Northern Rhône.
There are no reviews yet for the 2016, so we’ll let you decide! (This wine typically receives 91-94 points). Meantime, here’s a basic flavor profile… “Dark red with violet tints. A powerful nose dominated by red berries and delicate oak aromas. The approach is direct on the palate and dominated by fruit, with immediately apparent round and supple tannins.”
Margerum Uber Syrah, Sta.-Rita Hills, CA
This is a very unique wine made from one of the emerging “cool-climate” sites in California, near Santa Barbara (which is counter-intuitive for sure!). Doug Margerum makes a tiny amount of this wine (about 2,500 bottles), which is understandable, given the complexity of making it. Doug is a fan of completely “natural” fermentations, which means not adjusting the temperature of the fermentation vessel to speed up or slow down the process, as well as using only native yeasts. Whereas a normal fermentation might take 3 days, fermentation of the Uber Syrah takes as much as THREE WEEKS. This slow process coaxes out all kinds of flavors and textures that would otherwise be lost.
Wine Spectator gave this wine 91 points and had the following to say about it: “Bright aromas of candied blackberry meet with dewy herbs on the nose of this multiple vineyard blend by Doug Margerum. The palate combines black-currant juice with licorice, cracked black pepper and fresh acidity.”
We hope to see you there!