GTB bottle

GTB

Syrah, 2016

California’s Central Valley is known for vineyards extending beyond the horizon. Tucked among them are small, quality-minded growers—and one of veteran winemaker Richard Sowalsky’s favorites is the Abba family. Their eight-acre plot looks like a small slice of France’s Rhône Valley, where Syrah reigns. The Abbas’ 20-year-old Syrah vines yield grapes on a par with those Richard used when he crafted robust reds for top Napa wineries Clos Pegase and Robert Mondavi.

Profile

GTB Syrah meets the Goldilocks standard: It’s partly aged in French oak barrels and partly aged in stainless steel, for a full-bodied, fruit-forward but complex wine that’s perfectly balanced.

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Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Figs
Black cherry
Dried thyme
Clover flower

Pairing

The opposite of subtle, these reds completely coat your palate with fruit flavor and tannin. California Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as reds from countries with warm climates, like Spain and Australia, are what you want with dishes that are rich in their own right. It’s why these reds rule every steakhouse wine list.

TASTING TIP

If you’re appreciating the potpourri of dried herbs on the nose, that’s because Syrah is at its most aromatic when the vines are planted in sandy soil.

A big, bold red can stand up to the dish's richness, and also dial back its kick of spicy heat. Hedonist's delight!

A hearty, meaty dish is always the perfect match for a bold, decadent red. Settle in and don your stretchy pants.

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More About The Wine

Lodi is a warm, dry region in California’s Central Valley, where just about every grape variety, red or white, grows well. Winemaking immigrants from Europe figured this out more than 150 years ago. Mokelumne River’s distinction from the rest of Lodi is its sandy soil, which lead to a more complex style of red wine.

DID YOU KNOW?

Lodi’s Mokelumne River is one of the rare places where grapevines don’t need to be grafted onto phylloxera-resistant roots: The notorious vine pest can’t survive in the sandy soil.

  • VARIETY
    Syrah
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Abba Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Mokelumne River, Lodi, California
  • OAK
    Stainless steel and French oak (11 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    15.9%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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