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19.99

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4
On August 29th
Last modified:August 15th

Summary:

A Northern California style bottling that drinks like a muscular Cornas. With a stop in Philly.

Kieran Robinson 2012 “R Five” Syrah

Kieran Robinson 2012 “R Five” Syrah

 

Personally, I’m more of a fan of the R8: in any case, it’s a rare pleasure to argue with a  Cali winemaker over his choice of SEPTA commutes.

Kieran is a Philly native who got his start at Chaddsford Winery as a cellar rat back in 2005, back when Eric Miller was still the winemaker. He then jumped around California and France, learning the craft at a number of wineries over the years.  For the past five years, he’s been making wine in Sonoma. His heart is still in Philly, and each of his wines have Philly-centric names (Jawn, for one).  He even still vacations on the Jersey shore:   Avignon looms large in his Instagram account. And he talks about moving back and starting a winery outside of Philly.

Let’s  hope he stays in Cali for a bit longer, because his wines are brilliant. Even better, they are available in the PLCB Wine & Spirits stores.

This bottling is from Sonoma’s Bennet Valley. It balances the finesse of the Northern Rhone with the dense fruit and oak-driven panache of Northern California.   Savory smoke and burnt wildflowers on the nose with cassis and creamy blueberry. Layered tannins and glycerine smoothness are pushed forward by a limousin oak sweetness. A  fruit-bomb of a finish is balanced with black pepper and cardamom.

A Northern California style bottling that drinks like a muscular Cornas. With a stop in Philly.