Today’s ‘Quick Sip’ is the Rancho Rossa Vineyard’s 2006 Syrah. Rancho Rossa Vineyards is located within Arizona’s Sonoita AVA, which is just southeast of Tucson and the only recognized AVA in the state. Rancho Rossa Vineyards is family-owned and operated and produces 100% estate-grown wines from their 22 acre site. The winery produces approximately 1,200 cases of wine per year and specializes in premium dry varietal bottlings. Much like Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and other up-and-coming small wine producing regions in the United States, Arizona wines have recently garnered some well-deserved attention. Last year’s eagerly awaited "Blood into Wine" documentary by Tool’s lead singer Maynard James Keenan, chronicles the wine making process in northern Arizona. The documentary, while focused primarily on Maynard’s Caduceus label, also served to spark interest in Arizona wine as a whole.
Rancho Rossa Vineyard’s 2006 Syrah
All 50 states in the U.S. produce wine. Finding wines from states besides California, Oregon, Washington, and New York at your local wine shop can be a challenge -- especially if you don’t live within any of those states. Lucky for me, a wine pal who recently visited Arizona came back with this Syrah – otherwise, I would have never had an opportunity to taste what’s going on in southern Arizona. Let’s pull the cork! In the glass, the Rancho Rossa Vineyard’s 2006 Syrah displays a medium deep, garnet-purple color with plum, blackberry and pepper aromas with trailing raisin and prune nuances. On the sip, the wine is easy-drinking with a soft medium weight palate and good up-front berry flavors that linger into a slightly light spicy finish. The wine clocks in at 13% ABV, retails for $18’ish, and in my opinion, is set for drinking now. We enjoyed this wine with grilled burgers and sweet potato fries. My advice: get out and make a solid effort to find something from the other 46 U.S. states. Like I said, the difficult part will be finding these wines, but for those who do, you’ll likely find pleasure in discovery and consumption. Cheers!
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