2003 Russian Hill Syrah Windsor Oaks Summit
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 88

Alcohol by volume: 14.7%
Price at time of purchase: $25.00 (from winery)
Type: Syrah
Principal varietal(s): Syrah

To our taste, the 2003 Windsor Oaks Summit Syrah is a big step up from the recently tasted 2004 Estate Vineyards Syrah. From a hilltop vineyard just north of Windsor, this is a muscular, structured Syrah that has more in common with a good northern Rhone than a more typical fat, fruity California Syrah. Deep purple in color, lots of tannic grip, but with a nice dose of deep berry fruit, chocolate, and spice. A bit stern to the jaded taste buds of a Zinfandel fruitbomb lover, but this is an excellent wine that has room for development. - HK 2008-02-19


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