The Carlton Restaurant

American Wines Sirah & Syrah

CARINA CELLARS CENTRAL COAST “CLAIRVOYANT” SYRAH BLEND’07 – “Marked by mineral, graphite, herb and dried berry flavors that are tight, clean and full-bodied, showing red berry flavors that are pure and persistent. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.”…………55.99

CASAEDA SONOMA SYRAH’12 – “This is a major sleeper of the vintage as well as a great value in California Syrah from Karen Culler. Made from 100% Syrah, it offers up luscious notes of ripe blackberry fruit, incense and a touch of white flowers. Deep and medium to full-bodied with silky tannins and a layered mouthfeel.”…..45.99

CHARLES SMITH “K VINTNERS” MILBRANDT WALHUKE WALLA WALLA SYRAH’12………………65.99

CONCANNON SAN FRANCISCO BAY PETITE SIRAH’13 – It’s a friendly wine, but a big wine.  Fermented in stainless steel, the Founders’ Tier Petite Sirah went into oak barrels and was finished in neutral French barrels saturated with 50 vintages of Petite Sirah.  The wine is inky dark from skin contact, which also makes it rich in tannins.  The AVA is San Francisco Bay, and the fruit came from Livermore, where the winery is located.”…29.99  

CONCANNON CENTRAL COAST “FOUNDERS” PETITE SIRAH14  – “Intriguing floral aromas like rose petals and appetizing, fresh berry flavors are tempting in this medium-bodied and not-too-tannic wine. While still firm in texture.”………29.99

DONELAN SONOMA “CUVEE CHRISTINE” SYRAH’13 – “A bold, explosive wine, the 2013 Syrah Cuvée Christine possesses striking, vivid aromatics, pulsating energy and exceptional balance. Rose petal, blood orange, pomegranate, exotic spice and herbs are all bright and beautifully delineated in the glass.”……85.99

DONELAN SONOMA “CUVEE KELTIE” SYRAH’13 – “The 2013 Syrah Cuvée Keltie is a wine built around three single-vineyard choices – Walker Vine Hill, Obsidian and Richards. One hundred percent of the stems are used during fermentation. No new oak is employed, and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered after 20 months. Terrific aromatics of black olive tapenade, sweet blackberry and cassis, licorice, truffle and spice all jump from the glass of this full-bodied, tightly structured, spicy and very layered wine that builds incrementally and finishes with extravagant richness and rather big structure.”……159.99

DONELAN SONOMA “KOBLER FAMILY VINEYARD” SYRAH’13 – “The family of Syrahs at Donelan are all stunning, and several have a Côte-Rôtie-like personality. Certainly that’s true of the 2013 Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard, which is 90% Syrah co-fermented with 10% Viognier and aged in about 7% new oak for 20 months prior to bottling. From a cool site in Green Valley, this wine displays sweet blackberry, black cherry, white peach and apricot notes that soar from the glass in the uplifted aromatics. The wine hits the palate with flesh, a Côte-Rôtie-like elegance and complexity, and a medium to full-bodied, long finish.”……99.99

DONELAN SONOMA “WALKER VINE HILL” SYRAH’13 – “This pitch black colored Syrah from Donelan is very good. It opens with a mild blackberry and black pepper like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic, juicy and savory at the same time. The flavor profile is a black raspberry and mild mineral blend with notes of plum and black licorice. I also detected some hints of black pepper, blueberry and oak towards the end. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are nicely prolonged. This very good Syrah get better the longer it is open.”……119.99

EBERLE PASO ROBLES “STEINBECK”’14………32.99

EBERLE PASO ROBLES’15   …….52.99

K VINTNER WAHLUKE SLOPE “THE HIDDEN” SYRAH’11 – “Aged in 100% new 500 liter barrels, the 2011 Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard is an incredible Syrah that gives up pure aromas and flavors of blackberry, ground pepper, minerality, and dried spices and hints of vanilla in its full-bodied, elegant and seamless profile. Slightly more mid-weight than prior vintages, yet with beautiful concentration and solid mid-palate depth.”……109.99

PLUMPJACK NAPA’13 – The 2013 Syrah is incredibly primary today, with huge blue/purplish fruit and tons of intensity. Like so many 2013’s, the Syrah tastes like a wine that was just drained from tank, the flavors are every bit that intense and unevolved. This is quite possibly the most raw of Plumpjack’s 2013, but the wine’s pure power simply won’t be denied.”…………….119.99

RED CAR SONOMA COAST’12………69 .99

STEELE LAKE COUNTY  “STYMIE” SYRAH’12 – “This wine towers over the competition, and not only because the bottle is an inch and a half taller than most. Its aroma is exotic and compelling, like singed rosemary branches (in a good way). The flavors bring clove, blackberry, ripe blueberry and dried-cherry notes. The texture is buoyed by fine tannins and firm acidity for a feeling of agility and strength.”…..39.99