2012 Exuberance Sonoma County Syrah
California: Sonoma County
Today we have for you the impressive, approachable Canihan 2012 Exuberance Sonoma County Syrah.
This wine is elegant and packed with flavor, but also very well balanced and not heavy-handed in any respect. It’s a very flavorful Syrah, to be sure, but it balances this with a fruitiness and an earthiness that coexist in perfect harmony.
Dark fruit aromas are first to greet you on the nose, with black currant, blackberry, black cherry, blueberry and plum. As you drive your nose deeper into the glass (you won’t be able to help it, this wine smells so good!) aromas of coffee bean, leather, cured meat, spice and oak emerge.
A plethora of fine flavors pour onto the palate, with blueberry compote, blackberry, smoked meats, supple leather, soft spice and a hint of white pepper.
Great for those that like juicy and flavorful wines, this is also a wine that reveals changing flavors and mouthfeel as it takes the air, which provides an interesting lesson in just how much a wine can evolve in the decanter or the glass with just a little exposure to the atmosphere.
Enjoy this wine with our very best recommendation.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
93 points & Gold Medal - Beverage Testing Institute - “Bright medium black ruby color. Delicate, nutty, fruity aromas of dark berry pie and macadamia gelato with a soft, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length cherries, chocolate nuts, roasted tomato, and cedar finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A tasty and refreshing Syrah that is very versatile.”
Dark purple with just the slightest opacity at the dark and inky heart. Spin the wine and watch as tall, skinny legs form high up on the glass wall before moving steadily downward.
Black currant, blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, plum, coffee bean, leather, cured meat, spice and oak emerge.
Blueberry compote, blackberry, smoked meats, supple leather, soft spice and a hint of white pepper.
Bright fruits slowly fade, revealing earth and spice notes that persist for a super long time. Soft, plush tannins give the wine a lovely plush, crushed velvet feel that eventually spreads across the entire palate.
Without a doubt, BBQ spareribs… Or a big, juicy burger… Or a perfectly charred t-bone…. or…. You get the picture, this wine is flexible and very food friendly.
What the Winery Says
- Bill Canihan
- Sonoma County
- Harvest date
- October 16, 2012
- Hand picked, early morning harvest
- 18 months
- 100% French oak
- Bottling date
- May 1, 2013
- 350 cases