Red Lava Vineyards
2004 Lake County Reserve Syrah
California: Lake County
We are very pleased with today’s delicious 2004 Red Lava Syrah and we are so happy that we found this hidden gem for you. It is a very rare occasion that finds a Syrah on our pages, so when we choose one for you, you know it’ll be great.
This wine is very aromatic and very juicy. Soft and round on entry, this food-friendly Syrah has as much complexity on the palate as found on the nose. For all that is going on in this wine, it is surprisingly elegant. That is to say that even though this is a big wine, it is also very plush and easy on the palate.
Enjoy this budget-friendly Syrah year round. We’ll be saving some for fall and winter.
Deep and inky with darkest maroon hues, from the dark core to the dark edging.
Lush and layered with deep black cherry juice, plum juice, smoked meats, leather and dark tobacco leaf. These wonderful aromas are followed by jammy dark plum and blackberry compote, toasty oak dusty bakers chocolate.
Plush and round with flavors that almost exactly mimic the complex nose. Tart, dark and juicy, with added flavors that include cured bacon and black cherry preserve.
Very long, dark and rich, with fruit and earthen flavors that dwindle slowly. After a little while, the wine leaves behind a pleasantly dry and chewy feeling that reminds you to take another delicious sip.
Pair this delicious, dar and very food-friendly beast with a pot roast or a delicious prime rib with plenty of horseradish sauce.
What the Winery Says
Our Red Lava Vineyards Lake County Reserve Syrah expresses the best our “terrior” has to offer. Each grapevine sends its roots deep into the porous red lava earth, to seek water and nourishment to create grapes clusters that impart beautiful color, fruit laden with breath taking fragrances and velvety texture. You can taste the red lava sizzle and energy in every glass.
- 100% Red Lava Vineyards Syrah
- 9/9/2004 at 24.5 Brix, TA .61, pH 3.76
- Sustainably farmed, Estate grown, Red Lava Vineyards
- Fermented to dry, aged in 35% new French, Hungarian and American Oak
- 960 cases
- May 15, 2006
CELLARING: Drink now or enjoy the additional complexities until 2014 or beyond.
TASTING NOTES: Deep crimson/black in color with bright notes of crème de cassis, blackberry, black raspberry, mocha and minerals. A well balanced mid-palate that shows mixed berry fruit, black pepper, rich tannins and a long supple finish.
Cost: $ 25.00 each, $ 240.00 per case of 12 Available to Wine Club Members Only - Please login
- Silver - San Francisco International Wine Competition - 2007
- Silver - International Eastern Wine Competition - 2007
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast - 2007 “The promise is there in this ripe, plush wine, with its rich tannins and good acidity. It’s rewarding in herb-tinged blackberry jam, plum, violet, coffee and chocolate flavors, with a distinct white pepper edge…” — S.H.
About the Winery
From the virgin soils of our hillside vineyards we bring you our landmark wines. Their character stands as tribute to the undiluted alchemy of the Red Hills Lake County American Viticultural Area.
This newly recognized AVA draws strength of character from terroir largely defined through its geological newness: crowned in tall volcanic peaks, the resultant mineral-rich, moisture-starved earth yields fruit in which lies the foundation for eminently drinkable wines.
Great wine begins with the nurturing earth, while both in turn enrich our lives. Steep hills and southern exposure. Hot summers and cool evening breezes: a place to make great wine… a place to enjoy life.