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DAY 15

SETTING SUN

2016 SYRAH

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA

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As the sun sets on boring, everyday red wines, we pour a glass of this incredibly dark, purple-hued Syrah that appears like a reflection of its dark-fruited soul. What sets this spicy red apart is its mouthfeel - so much heft and intensity manages to feel supple and elegant on the palate. How do they manage to pull off this balancing act of power and grace in this viticultural corner of California? This rich, deep wine suggests Monterey is well on its way to rarified heights.

WINE PROFILE

Setting Sun Syrah’s flavors of blackberry, dark plum, and black pepper are delivered by means of a powerful, smooth, and balanced wine. Setting Sun Syrah features aromas of plums and blackberries with herbal and spice notes, and finishes on a spicy, peppery note that is both beguiling and intriguing. Fire up the grill!

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PAIRINGS

Pair Setting Sun Syrah with:

  • Ribs

  • Mushroom pasta with red sauce

  • Sharp cheddar cheese

  • Pepperoni pizza

  • Pork sausage-stuffed tomatoes

  • Basque-style fish stew

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HURRAH FOR THIS SYRAH

Whether sold as Syrah or Shiraz, these bold, spicy red wines have earned their popularity among wine drinkers world-round. Monterey, with its coastal influence, tends to produce Syrahs that are spicier and more savory than their cousins that are grown in warmer climates, while still providing the plump, jammy mouthfeel that makes Syrah such a hit.

We love Setting Sun Syrah’s ripe and smooth tannins. As Syrah increasingly becomes a fixture of the Monterey wine scene, quality will only continue to increase as the potential of this grape variety to produce world-class wines is realized. Grab some shades and pull up a chair, the spectacle that is Setting Sun Syrah has popped its cork!

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WINE INFORMATION

APPELLATION: Monterey, California
VINTAGE: 2016
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 98% Syrah, 2% Mixed Red
WINEMAKING PROCESS: Serious attention is paid to Setting Sun Syrah in the cellar. Fermented and aged in a mix of stainless steel and barrels, the complexity of the wine is increased by the inclusion of 30% new oak. 
Aged for 16 months before bottling.
ALCOHOL: 13.9%
pH: 3.61

TA: 6.3 

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