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50% off Sierra Foothills Series

2005-Red-Sierra-Foothills

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1 bottle each of the 2004 - 2005 Syrah and 2005 Rhone Blend Red Wine

Only $25 for all 3 wines

Wine Description

About the wine

Cool climate Syrah - tastes like the biggest Pinot Noir in your cellar but at a fraction of the price. This weeks promotion includes a 2-year vertical of Syrah and a Rhone blend red wine.  Get all 3 bottles for $25.  As an added bonus, get a case of wine for $100 and shipping is included in the sales price for CA, OR and NV.  50% off case shipping fees for all other states.

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2004 Syrah Sierra Foothills
The grapes for this European-style wine came from the Auburn area of Placer County. The Cabernet Franc came from older vines grown in the Loomis area of the county on decomposed granite soils. The wines, including a dash of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, were made separately and aged in neutral French oak for 10 months before blending and bottling. Drink this wine with duck or grilled pork.

  • DOUBLE GOLD Best of Class 2006 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2005 Syrah Sierra Foothills

The grapes for this Syrah came from Auburn’s Monarch Mine Vineyards, a site with red, high-iron soils and an elevation of 2,300 feet. Cool mountain nights keep the grapes from growing until April. Therefore, harvest doesn’t begin until mid September. The result is Syrah with whopping acidity and astringency that is consistently impressive. 18% Loomis Cabernet Franc and 2% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon gives this blend color and structure.

  • GOLD MEDAL 2008 Riverside International Wine Competition
  • SILVER MEDAL 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2005 Red Wine Sierra Foothills
The blend for this table red is 51% Syrah, 45% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, which results in a complex wine with a broad depth of flavor. Some of the Cabernet Franc and all of the Syrah came from Monarch Mine Vineyards near Auburn, where an elevation of 2,300 feet and reddish soils high in iron contribute a distinct astringency to the grapes.
  • SILVER 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.

Tasting Notes - 2005 Red Wine Sierra Foothills

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our tasting notes include sight, aromatics and palate. For more information, see our Tasting Techniques.
  • Sight: This wine is clear, dark ruby red in color with no rim variation. Big, slow teardrops.
  • Aromatics: Bright fruit nose and taste. Red berries and a cedar nose.
  • Palate: Great mouthfeel with a round mid-palate and long finish.

Technical Data

Vintage Description

2004 Syrah Sierra Foothills

The grapes for this European-style wine came from the Auburn area of Placer County. The site’s warm climate and red volcanic soil yield distinctly soft Syrah made for enjoying now. The Cabernet Franc came from older vines grown in the Loomis area of the county on decomposed granite soils. The wines, including a dash of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, were made separately and aged in neutral French oak for 10 months before blending and bottling. The final blend consists of 80% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was bottled in August of 2005.

2005 Syrah Sierra Foothills

The grapes for this Syrah came from Auburn’s Monarch Mine Vineyards, a site with red, high-iron soils and an elevation of 2,300 feet. Cool mountain nights keep the grapes from growing until April. Therefore, harvest doesn’t begin until mid September. The result is Syrah with whopping acidity and astringency that is consistently impressive. 18% Loomis Cabernet Franc and 2% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon gives this blend color and structure. Each wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for 10 months before blending and bottling.

2005 Red Wine Sierra Foothills

The blend for this table red is Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, which results in a complex wine with a broad depth of flavor. Some of the Cabernet Franc and all of the Syrah came from Monarch Mine Vineyards near Auburn, where an elevation of 2,300 feet and reddish soils high in iron contribute a distinct astringency to the grapes. The wines, including a dash of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, were made separately and aged in French and American oak for 10 months before blending and bottling. It was bottled in September of 2006.


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