Mark Herold 2012 Flux Red Wine (93WS)

Mark Herold 2012 Flux Red Wine (93WS)

  • Size: 750ml
  • Item Code: WN13011001
  • Vintage: 2012
$28.99 Regular: $31.99

Taking a queue from the famed Côtes du Rhône region of France, Mark’s California version greets you with a cheerful ruby red color and whiffs of vibrant sweet and sour cherries intertwined with spicy white pepper. On the palate, luscious crushed raspberries and strawberries play against a fragrant blend of herbes de Provence and dusty baking spices. Medium-bodied and zesty – pairs with just about anything off grill. that’s a hint – take it! 84% Grenache, 9% Syrah and 7% Mourvedre. Vibrant now, but has the ability to mellow and impress over the next 5- 7 years.

Ratings and Awards

  • 93 Wine Spectator

Syrah

Syrah Legends have long persisted regarding the origins of the Syrah vine: one, that it was brought to southern France from the Iranian city of Shiraz by the Greeks; or that the Romans brought it from Egypt via Syracuse; or another that it was introduced by Crusaders returning from the Middle East via Cyprus. In any case, Syrah was widely planted in the Rhône by Roman times, leading pragmatists to think it indigenous to France. Syrah is a warm-climate variety which thrives in various conditions, but great Syrah is less forgiving. It requires warmth, but not excessive heat, and thin, rocky, well-drained, heat-retentive soils exposed to abundant sunshine. Its tendency to coulure, or the failure of the flowers to develop into berries, dictates it be sited on slopes protected from wind. Vigorous and moderately to highly productive in sandy loam soil, its concentration and character are enhanced in the shallow granite and mica schist of the northern Rhône which stress the vine and curb yield. The small, thick skinned berries are deep blue-black in color, high in extract, flavor, aroma and tannin, and of good acidity which evaporates at the first instant of over-ripeness. Important throughout France’s Mediterranean basin, Syrah is usually blended with other varieties. In the northern Rhône appellations, among them Hermitage, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie, it strongly dominates blends which may include Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne. In the southern Rhône, in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Côtes-du-Rhône, it lends structure to Grenache and Cinsault. In the Languedoc-Roussillon it is blended with various other prolific grapes to enhance the whole. The rest of the world typically produces Syrah as a pure varietal, both in dry and fortified styles of wine. Syrah is a perfumed, seductively brooding wine marked by dense, rich, chewy black berry fruit with notes of tar, wood smoke, bacon, leather, chocolate, and sometimes violets. The tannins are steely yet elegant, and co-exist well with oak contact.