2006 Kuleto Estate Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Napa Valley"
Winery: Kuleto Estate
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"
Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)
Grape blend: 97.3% Syrah & 2.7% Malbec
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 897
KWG Score: 92.6 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: January 11, 2010
Wine Review: The very dark ruby colored Syrah opens with a black currant and boysenberry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and soft. The flavor profile is a pleasant blend of mild black currant and black raspberry with notes of oak and tobacco. The finish is rather dry and its really big tannins leave you with an oak and dark chocolate aftertaste. This is an interesting wine. It is soft in the center, but finishes big in the end. It could use some time to come together. However, if you can't wait, then decant it and serve it with a prime rib. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: The 2006 Syrah is a beautiful deep red-purple. It explodes with super-ripe blueberry aromas mixed with those of lilac and smoked meat. Once again, it displays the best of both warm and cool climate varietal characteristics. The mouth is incredibly sweet, warm, spicy, and soft – almost liqueur-like. It’s a huge wine, but like the 2004, the flavors are consistent with the structure. Enjoy this super-ripe beauty with all kinds of grilled meats and game, or with a big-flavored cheese. Dave Lattin, Winemaker
Organic status: not organic
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