The grapes for this Syrah were sourced from vineyards in the Central Coast AVA, where high winds, dry days, and ocean fogs create a cool, but very long, growing season. These growing conditions are ideal for grapes such as Syrah, and lead to full, forward fruit flavors and ideal acidity. Grapes were harvested at an ideal balance of sugar and acid, and the wine was fermented in stainless steel. The wine completed malo-lactic fermentation in French oak barrels (15% new), where it aged for 14 months prior to bottling.
With its maritime influence, California's Monterey region has an extended growing season that yields wines with full flavor development and great acid balance. Mandolin Syrah has a dense core of blueberry and blackberry fruit, supported by layers of spice and rich vanilla tones.
Press & Acclaim
"Chopped herbs, licorice and a bit of smoke lead the nose on this affordable wine. It's thinner on the palate, with more licorice that spices up the red fruit flavors. The finish shows some tannic grip.
- M.K. Wine Enthusiast, Buying Guide, November 2014 Download PDF
"The Mandolin is a deep purple in color with lots of blackberry and spice in the nose. The flavors are rich and concentrated, with tons of blackberry mixed with a little plum, highlighted by earthy understones which are accompanied by mild toasty tannins in the finish.""
- Norman Bentley, PineIsland-Eagle, June 12, 2014 Download PDF
85 points, Best Buy
"Dark in color, full-bodied and rich, this is a Syrah to drink with roasted meats and stews. The blackberry, licorice and currant flavors have a meatiness suggestive of beef teriyaki. Good price for such a satisfying red wine."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast, Buying Guide, December 1, 2011 Download PDF
"Deep purple red in color, the Mandolin Syrah has aromas of black fruit and spice. It is medium plus in body, with flavors of blackberry, plum and blueberry that mingle with black pepper, nutmeg and vanilla. Good acidity and soft tannins combine for a supple mouthfeel. The finish is clean and smooth."
- The Amateur Gastronomer, August 2011 Download PDF
4 Stars, Exceptional
"Deep burgundy color with ruby edges. The nose is filled with accents of allspice, clove, mineral, and black pepper with hints of clove and vanilla. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a silky and lush fruit driven core with brown spices and earth in support. This is a hell of a wine for 10 bucks, buy it by the case!"
- Bev X, August 2011 Download PDF
"The dense syrah is full-bodied with a lush concerto on the tongue and silky tannins but that's just the beginning. After decanting this dense, decadent wine wait for a minute for the explosion. This surprising syrah sucks the air out of your taste buds like a tornado, holds it and then explodes in a landscape of dark fruit, tobacco and plum...Sniff the cabernet sauvignon and discover briar aromas and forest floor. One sip will unfurl layers of currant and cherry fruit with lingering oak. Enjoy this full-bodied wine with filet mignon with wild mushrooms, red sauced pasta or a fudgy brownie."
- Julia Hollister, The Examiner, August, 2011 Download PDF
90 points - Top 100 Best Buys of 2008
"A robust, dry wine ideal for roasts and stews, this Monterey-grown Syrah shows its cool-climate origins in the rich tannins and acids. Black pepper notes accompany dried black cherry, blackstrap molasses, leather, tobacco and plum flavors. Sommeliers, buy this slightly oaked beauty by the case."
- Wine Enthusiast, Buyers Guide, November 2008 Download PDF
Oak Cooperage: French oak 18 months
Residual Sugar: 0.060 g/100ml
Cases Produced: 314