The Syrah Pairing explores the differences of a grape that is the darling of sommeliers worldwide. The high level of complexity it shows is only rivaled by the differences it develops depending on where it grows.
This Pairing demonstrates two top regions for Syrah, which are exceedingly different expressions of this complex grape. We will introduce you to examples from both the Crozes-Hermitage region in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, and the warm Central Coast region in California side-by-side.
This Pairing includes the following wines:
Wine 1: Crozes-Hermitage has dried red currants, black cherry and blood orange on layers of sage, thyme, smoked meats, cured olives and fresh cracked black pepper.
Wine 2: Central Coast Syrah shows riper and sweeter fruit evocative of blackberry pie, crushed blueberries, huckleberry jam and plum preserves with exotic notes of molasses, tellicherry peppercorns and saddle leather.