2011 Exuberance Sonoma County Syrah
California: Sonoma County
Mister Canihan Can
Last year we featured the 2012 Canihan Syrah and it went on to great acclaim among our Operatives. When Bill Canihan offered us the chance to raid his archive, we went straight for his Canihan 2011 Exuberance Sonoma County Syrah.
We love this wine even more than the fabulous 2012. Our allocation is limited, so please be sure to reserve yours soon.
Deeply fragrant on the nose, with aromas that waft from the glass. Black cherry, smoky plum, blackberry preserve, grilled blueberry, bramble, chocolate covered cherry, leather, tobacco and spice.
Bursting with flavors of black cherry, plum, molasses, twigs, soft spice, blackberry compote, blueberry, dark chocolate, cracked pepper, supple leather and toasty oak.
We haven’t featured a Syrah this good in some time and we hope that you are able to get your hands on some. Please reserve yours soon.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
92 points - Gold Medal - Exceptional - Cellar Selection - Beverage Testing Institute - “Dark opaque violet color. Bright, floral, fruity attractive aromas of baked cherries and boysenberries, waxy honeycomb, coconut cream and pepper dust with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, roasted nuts, leather, and earth finish, with earthy dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy Syrah for the table; give this a bit of time.”
San Francisco International Wine Competition - *Double Gold
Inky and dark, with dark ruby edging and a mahogany core.
Black cherry, smoky plum, blackberry preserve, grilled blueberry, bramble, chocolate covered cherry, leather, tobacco and spice.
Black cherry, plum, molasses, twigs, soft spice, blackberry compote, blueberry, dark chocolate, cracked pepper, supple leather and toasty oak.
Endless, with dark fruit flavors that go on and on forever. Tannins are plush and well contained by all of the delicious and long lasting fruit. At the end, a hint of chocolate and spice persist.
If ever there was a wine to enjoy with grilled meats, this is the one! A thick, juicy steak, rubbed with garlic, olive oil and cracked pepper would be outstanding with this wonder of a wine.
What the Winery Says
- Bill Canihan
- Sonoma County
- Harvest date
- October 22, 2011
- Hand picked, early morning harvest
- 22 months
- 100% French oak
- Bottling date
- August 30, 2013
- 550 cases