Initially vibrant, rich and fruit forward in the glass, the 2016 Grand Ciel Syrah gradually unveils smoke, grilled meat and lavender blossom, with a hint of tangerine pith. This incredibly savory and inviting nose is supported on the palate with generous blackberry and tapenade flavors, demonstrating marvelous balance throughout. Building in intensity with subsequent tastes, this wine nevertheless retains its tension and should age beautifully.
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— Jeb Dunnuck
“The flagship Syrah is the 2016 Syrah Grand Ciel Vineyard, which comes a1l from clone 383 and was brought up in 25-30% new French oak. It’s a smoky, meaty, gamey Syrah that has tons to love. Blackberries, ground pepper, and olive notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated yet seamless Syrah that has beautifully integrated tannins, acidity, and fruit. It’s great today and is going to evolve for at least a decade.”
Grand Ciel Syrah pairs very well with grilled meats, vegetables, wild game and stews, and chilis. Marbled cuts of beef stand up to Syrah – we recommend pairing with Grilled New York or Ribeye Steak.
Behind the Wine
2016 Grand Ciel Syrah
Grand Ciel Syrah is a single vineyard, single varietal & single clone Syrah from our estate vineyard on Red Mountain. Every detail of our vineyard has been designed to produce the highest quality fruit from the unique climate & soil of this prestigious AVA known for ripe & structured fruit. Our rigorous selection process only permits a small portion of grapes to become part of Grand Ciel.