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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Rocca Family Vineyards 2002 Syrah, Crossroads Vineyard (Yountville)

Rocca Family Vineyards

2002 Syrah, Crossroads Vineyard
(Yountville ~ Napa Valley)

There are some wonderful Syrahs emerging now from the Napa Valley, and this is one of them. Made by Celia Welch Masyczek, who is garnering quite a rep (and who incidentally, happens to be the wife of one of Beaulieu Vineyard’s winemakers, Bob Masyczek), the wine is blue/black in color, not unlike that of Superman’s hair. But on the palate Masyczek (pronounced ma-CHESS-key) has made the wine more resemble Super Woman.

Meaning, that there are aromas of toasty, red fruit, while in the front of the palate, the body is soft and understated. But in the middle, there’s an awakening of substantial fruit with evident, balancing tannins for the long haul. Hold onto it for two years and drink it over the following dozen.

The wine went into French oak barrels, 65 percent of which were new, for a total of 19 months. The listed alcohol is 14.5 percent and there were 550 cases produced.

Reviewed March 14, 2007 by Alan Goldfarb.

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The Wine

Winery: Rocca Family Vineyards
Vineyard: Crossroads Vineyard
Vintage: 2002
Wine: Syrah
Appellation: Yountville ~ Napa Valley
Grapes: Syrah / Shiraz (95%), Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), Petite Sirah (2%)
Price: 750ml $42.00

Review Date: 3/14/2007

The Reviewer

Alan Goldfarb

Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.