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Wine Recommendation

Wine: Lockwood Vineyard 2004 Syrah, Estate (San Lucas)

Lockwood Vineyard

2004 Syrah, Estate
(San Lucas)

Although this Syrah carries a Monterey County appellation on its label, all the fruit comes from Lockwood’s 1,850-acre estate vineyard in the San Lucas AVA. It’s far enough from Monterey Bay to experience hot days in summer, but the temperatures plunge at night.

If this wine is any indication, the San Lucas appellation would seem to be a great place to grow Syrah, especially if you pick it at the right time. Winemaker Larry Gomez chose to reflect the effects of mid-range hang time, rather than letting the fruit hang to produce a super-ripe monster.

The result: a wine that offers the ripe blackberry fruit of warm-climate Syrah, as well as the nuances of white pepper that you find in cooler climates. It’s a medium-weight wine that’s well-structured yet easy to drink. And at $12-$14 a bottle, it’s easy on the budget, too. It’s a perfect wine for a Tuesday night dinner of burgers or a pizza.

Reviewed December 4, 2006 by Laurie Daniel.

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The Wine

Winery: Lockwood Vineyard
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Syrah
Appellation: San Lucas
Grapes: Syrah / Shiraz (95%), Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), Malbec (2%)
Price: 750ml $12.00

Review Date: 12/4/2006

The Reviewer

Laurie Daniel

Laurie Daniel, wine columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, has been reviewing wine for more than 10 years. She doesn’t use numbers, preferring to describe her recommended wines and let consumers decide for themselves. Laurie believes that bigger isn’t necessarily better; she’s partial to wines of balance, finesse and character. Her particular interests are Pinot Noir (versions that really taste like Pinot, that is) and aromatic whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer.