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2014 Iris Vineyards Syrah

2014 Iris Vineyards Syrah Aroha Vineyard, Umpqua Valley AVA, Oregon

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Today's Wine Comments:

96pt Vintage-Wine Spectator | 'Very Good' -Wine Enthusiast

Ahhh...Cool climate Syrah. A little known fact: the second most famously grown varietal in the state happens to be Syrah, and the grape is currently enjoying the great the recognition it deserves. This wine, which comes from a winery whom produces some of the region's best, shows that in deed the Umpqua Valley American Viticultural Area is more than great pinot.

  • The 2014 vintage—given a 96-point rating from the Wine Spectator and 93-point scores from the Wine Enthusiast and the Wine Advocate—produced amazing reds throughout Oregon.
  • Sourced from Aroha Vineyard in Oregon’s coastal Umpqua Valley AVA, a moderately cool-climate site (though considerably warmer than the Willamette) that imparts a distinctly northern Rhone character to this elegant Syrah.
  • Before embarking on his now decade-long position at Iris, winemaker Aaron Liberman made a host of award-winning releases working with cult oenologist David O’Reilly at Owen Roe.

Had you been on Iris’s mailing list or a neighbor of this Coast Range winery just outside Eugene, Oregon you might still have missed the opportunity to purchase this micro-produced, single-vineyard Syrah.

Iris released just 84 cases of this beautiful red—a French oak-aged Syrah with one foot planted squarely in Oregon’s trending Umpqua Valley and another in France’s Northern Rhone. White pepper and herb-inflected black forest fruits invoke an elegant Cornas while ripe plum fruit points to more New World characters associated with domestic Syrah. “Spice, leather, pepper and plum mingle in this medium-weight effort. Purple fruits and intimations of ginger cookie are in play, with pretty baking spices on the finish,” writes the Wine Enthusiast. Drink now and with any manner of poultry or red meat.

Spice, leather, pepper and plum mingle in this medium-weight effort. Purple fruits and intimations of ginger cookie are in play, with pretty baking spices on the finish.

From the winery:

Nestled in the Southern Willamette Valley, twenty minutes southwest of Eugene, Oregon, Iris Vineyards produces world-class, award winning wines from grapes grown at our Chalice Vineyard. The cool climate in the foothills of the Oregon Coastal Range allows the grapes to mature slowly while maintaining the proper acid balance that is essential for producing the finest Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Whether enjoying the sweeping views from our estate tasting room, becoming a member of our Trellis Club, or purchasing a bottle of our wine to enjoy at home: Iris Vineyards welcomes you.

The perfect matches: pulled pork and lamb ragout with olives and peppers!

Wine Ratings

'Very Good' -Wine Enthusiast
91 Insider Points

96 Point Vintage -Wine Spectator

Wine Reviews

Behold! Delicious, Cool-Climate Syrah

Syrah, like a few of its counterparts, can grow in a number of climates, and thus show a variety of characteristics. I gravitate to both ends of the spectrum, as each has its own special quality. The Iris in particular I am keen on sharing with my fellow Syrah geeks. 

A violet floral nose to start. Blackberry, black cherry, cranberry and forest floor on a medium body, and finishing with dry tobacco. Dive on in to this one, it's the last of the vintage.

91 Points - JZ February '18

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