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No wine grape suffers more than Syrah from clumsy viticulture and improper cellar practices. In America, over-ripe harvesting, excess tannin extraction, and high alcohol winemaking have done this variety great harm. Legions of potential fans have turned away. Yet at Kermit Lynch, they have learned that wines from Syrah - especially those from northern Rhone producers like Clape, Gonon, Monier, and Faury -- are in great demand. What happened to Syrah in America? Some winemakers thought that if 13% alcohol was good, 15% alcohol was better. If 25% new oak was good, 100% new oak was better. Winemaker Tadeo Borchardt has been making their Old Lakeville Syrah with an eye on the practices of the Old World masters they admire. Here is a bottling of Syrah that will remind you of just how tasty wine from this northern Rhone grape can be in the hands of a savvy traditionalist.
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