There was a catch though. I’d always heard these were classically cool-climate Syrahs and the ABV of 14.7% on the 2005 vintage made me a little skeptical. Well, I’m happy to report that even though the wine carried a tad higher alcohol than I usually look for, it displayed all the cool-climate character that I love so much.
The wine: Savory plum, gravel, and black olive on the nose. On the palate, there’s fresh blackberry and also savory flavors that evoke an umami quality. The finish is all sweet tannins, this is a wine that’s ready to drink and a pleasure to have gotten to try.
Radio Coteau is a small winery located in Sebastapol. They buy fruit from various Sonoma Coast vineyards and also have an estate vineyard near Occidental. Las Colinas Syrah, blending fruit from various Syrah vineyards around the Sonoma Coast, is a beautiful expression of cool-climate Syrah and one that I’ll keep an eye on for future vintages. If your pocketbook can handle it, it’s a wine worth checking out.