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2009 Failla Syrah Phoenix Ranch


  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2014 - 2017 (Edit)
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  • Wineandscotch Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 1, 2019 - We opened a bottle on 12/31/2018. It paired well with lamb and Brussels sprouts with bacon. The menthol hints that were more prominent when we first tasted the wine at the winery about eight years ago have matured nicely and are now subtle. Great color and structure.

  • prism wrote: 93 points

    October 11, 2017 - Popped and poured at restaurant, five on a bottle. Nicely matured, and drinking beautifully. After a half-hour, mint came into prominence in advance of the other florals. Lovely, complex Napa Syrah. Recommended; would drink within a year.

  • Night Train wrote: 85 points

    April 24, 2017 - Quite different (but not necessarily better) than a bottle about ten months ago. Back then, it was a little too heavy and ponderous for my tastes. That's no longer the case, but I'd now characterize it as "weird". Although it now displays a trace of pepper, I still might not have identified it as a Syrah in a blind tasting. If anything, it struck me as a heavyweight Pinot Noir (if there is such a thing this side of Burgundy). It had a somewhat unpleasant vegetal streak that reminded me of why I don't like Pinots. Decent body and finish, but I would not buy again.

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  • prism wrote: 92 points

    November 15, 2016 - P & P. Dark, dark red with crimson meniscus. Blood and tart blackberries, slightly astringent. Needs food.

  • Night Train Likes this wine: 88 points

    June 12, 2016 - Quite dark. The nose was dominated by herbs. Dark berries and black cherries on the palate, along with herbs du Provence and a little black pepper. Quite viscous and heavy - a little too "yuge" for my tastes. Good finish. It kinda overwhelmed the BBQ with which it was paired. Probably better with lamb. I suspect it will benefit from another couple years in the bottle.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156 (link)

    (Failla Syrah Phoenix Ranch Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Failla
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Phoenix Ranch
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 96 (40%)
  • Consumed 143 (60%)

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