Wine Review: 2006 Tin Barn Vineyards Sonoma Coast Syrah (Coryelle Fields Vineyard)

I have had the pleasure to visit Tin Barn several times. ‘Tin Barn’ is an apt name; its a full production ‘Urban Winery’ that is part of the collective known as Eighth Street Wineries. (Look for the twice a year Eighth Street Wineries Open House, don’t miss!)

This cool climate Syrah comes from the coastal hills east of Jenner, at an elevation of 1000 feet. Twelve years ago, industry veteran Carolyn Coryelle planted both a meadow and a hillside block; the 2006 vintage is sourced from the rocky hillside.

Wine Review: 2006 Tin Barn Vineyards Sonoma Coast Syrah (Coryelle Fields Vineyard)

To the Eye: Inky deep purple, classic Syrah color, impenetrable to light

On the Nose: Smoked meat, bacon fat. Layered beneath is blackberry, black fruit.

In The Mouth: The extra aging time helps this Syrah show well –  good balance of fruit, tannins, and mouthfeel. The black fruit carries over from nose to palate, and is immediately present, but without being oppressive or jammy. A hint of sweetness from 50% new French oak, complementary to the wine. (Syrah is a varietal that generally benefits from some new oak., even with my bias to neutral/used oak.) The finish is pleasant, lingering. Modest 14.8 % alcohol.

Where to Buy: Check/call for distribution outlets (if any, only 115 cases made.) Available online. (I noted a 15% discount through December on the website when writing this.) Retail:  $25 (media sample)

Food Pairing: Most red meats and stews. Smoked meats, turkey.  BBQ. Lamb.

Recommendation: I have poured this wine for friends recently (blind), and it was well received. I enjoyed it enough to purchase a bottle, in addition to the Media Sample; would recommend you do as well. This drinks well now, I’d be inclined to lay a few bottles down as well – a syrah with some time in the cellar is a wonderful thing.

Wine Geek Info:

Harvested: October 8th, 2006
Barrels: 50% New French Oak
Aging: 20 months
Bottled: July 2nd, 2008
Alcohol: 14.8%
pH: 3.75
TA: 6.4g/L
Production: 115 cases
Release: Summer 2010

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