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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Marr Cellars 2004 Syrah  (California)

Marr Cellars

2004 Syrah

Although the powers that govern wine labeling disallowed Marr Cellars proprietor/winemaker Bob Marr the use of the location Tehama Foothills for this wine with two percent Yolo County Viognier blended in, you can call it a Tehama Country wine -- just like the folks near Red Bluff, California, might do.

Starting in the snowy Sierra Mountains to the east with a high elevation of 8,200 feet, Tehama Country is resplendent with contrasts as the region unfolds to rolling foothills and finally the fertile valley floor formed by the Sacramento River.

It's the foothills region that Alger Vineyards, at 2,500 feet elevation on the western reaches of Mount Lassen, calls home. Vines were established there in 1970 and older blocks of Syrah take to the well-drained, volcanic soils on arid slopes.

Sixteen months in 30 percent new French and American cooperage, has created a mellow wine that first attracts with aromas of dark berry and ripe plum aromas accented by smoky notes. A fruit-forward palate of black cherry and dark plum flavors, peaked by brown spices leads to a multi-layered, extended finish. A Moroccan tagine or grilled duck breasts with a fresh blackberry sauce will make this wine sing at your table.

Reviewed June 11, 2007 by Eleanor & Ray Heald.

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2004 Petite Sirah
Eleanor & Ray Heald 7/18/2007

The Wine

Winery: Marr Cellars
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Syrah
Appellation: California
Grapes: Syrah / Shiraz (98%), Viognier (2%)
Price: 750ml $19.00

Review Date: 6/11/2007

The Reviewer

Eleanor & Ray Heald

The Healds have been writing about wine since 1978 and have focused on appellation significance in many of their world beat writings. They value recognizing site personality (terroir) within an appellation's wines. They praise balance and elegance in wines styled to pair well with food and eschew over-extraction, high alcohol and heavy-handed oak. “Delicious” is their favorite descriptor for a great, well-made wine.