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What Syrah Really Needs | Drinking Out Loud | News & Features | Wine Spectator

Dehlinger’s diagnosis of the problem with Syrah in California.  you agree?

“I think that the real problem with Syrah isn’t the need for age. Instead, it’s that there are more bad versions of Syrah out there than of any other grape variety,” he asserted. “The wines get stinky in the winemaking due to low nitrogen concentrations. Pinot Noir, for example, has 350 parts per million nitrogen in the juice. But Syrah has only 100 parts per million. You’ve got to deal with that. Syrah needs more racking.

“Oh, and one other thing,” he added. “There’s too much oak. Too many producers use too much oak. It takes away the magic of the wine.”

via What Syrah Really Needs | Drinking Out Loud | News & Features | Wine Spectator.

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