Jaffurs Upslope Syrah 2020 750ml - The Grape Tray
Jaffurs  Upslope Syrah  2020 750ml
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Jaffurs Upslope Syrah 2020

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Winery Notes:

One of the most exciting tasks each year is tasting through each of the reserve red wine barrels and creating Upslope, the best Syrah from the vintage. We look for intensity, balance, aging potential and that mysterious “wow” factor. The 2020 Upslope shows rose petal aromatics, with crushed pepper and dark fruits. Full and textured on the palate, graphite, plum skin and dried beef flavors persist. Give this wine 2-3 years bottle age before drinking, or hold 10 years or further past the vintage for a more nuanced, mature Syrah.

Jeb Dunnuck
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Lastly, the 2020 Syrah Upslope is the flagship of the estate and comes from a cellar selection of the single vineyards. It was co-fermented with 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier and aged in 60% new French oak. Offering the purity of the Larner Vineyard as well as additional peppery, gamey nuances, its deep purple hue is followed by a smorgasbord-like array of red, blue, and black fruits as well as full-bodied, unctuous layers of peppercorns, gamey meats, iron, and bouquet garni. With just about off-the-charts purity, a deep, layered mid-palate, and perfect balance, this awesome Syrah can be enjoyed any time over the coming 15 years or so.

August 30, 2023
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The 2020 Syrah Upslope is a blend of 60% Bien Nacido and 40% Larner done in 60% new oak. Inky dark fruit, leather, chocolate, spice and menthol all build as this large-scaled Syrah shows its flamboyant character. In theory, the Upslope is the top Syrah at Jaffurs, but in 2020 many of the single vineyard Syrahs are arguably more compelling because they are more focused on site and also less marked by oak. The Upslope is not my personal favorite in this range, but it is nevertheless outstanding. Drinking window 2023-2031.

July 2023
Wine Enthusiast
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This reserve-level, top-barrel bottling from this legacy producer, which is based in downtown Santa Barbara, pushes the power envelope. Aromas of stewed blackberry, light soy, dried beef and oak spice lead from the nose into a savory palate, where hints of Worchestire sauce and charred beef tips are balanced by blackberry and violet flavors.

March 1, 2024

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