Wine of the Week: Wrath 2016 Syrah

The Grapes of Wrath

Fortunately, Wrath Wines are not angry, but they are specific. Case in point, this single vineyard Syrah out of Monterey, the San Saba Vineyard, will benefit from a little decanting before drinking. It’s a big boy but has class, allowing the deep rich fruit to open up.

There is blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, huckleberry with that typical cool climate earthiness are reflected in back notes of rhubarb, black raspberry and a hint of molasses and black peppercorn. 

Forgoing the brighter fruits of warm climate-grown Syrah gives this a personality, an “aged” feel, husky, smoky even. All French oak was used to age this, with 45% of that being new. The San Saba estate vineyard is a cool site, often buffeted by the Salinas Valley wind and fog from Monterey just over the Santa Lucia Mountains. The result is a powerful wine, meant to be strong and uncompromising.

What’s Its SRP? $39/ 750ML

298 cases

Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal,, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.