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William Rose Barbera Syrah 08

William Rose

$29.95 Regular

in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case




I approach all Pacific Northwest wines made from Italian varietals with a critical eye (or mouth, I guess). I find that too often, the beauty of the grape is obscured by too much alcohol or oak - it ends up tasting like any old red wine without much character.

William Rose Barbera-Syrah 08 is altogether different, full of character and tasty as hell! The savory, meaty character of both Syrah and Barbera work in tandem. Syrah provides the bottom end while the Barbera adds  dynamic acidity, even a hint of brine, that makes this a great pair for food, from pizza to lamb. Black cherry and blackberry flavors are intense and dark while maintaining freshness. - Marcus

William Rose Wines‘ owner Mark Nicholl is winemaker at Sweet Cheeks Winery in the South Willamette Valley of Oregon. Originally from Australia - with a stretch of time making wine in France - William Rose is his personal project. He continues in his current position at Sweet Cheeks.

Named for an Irish bootlegger, William Rose, his famous Bentley - used to carry his illicit merchandise around the county - is featured on the label. The high taxes imposed by the British on Scotland inspired generations of intrepid smugglers. William Rose was a flamboyant early 20th century smuggler known for his famous car.

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