USA, Syrah, Acorn, Axiom, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2013

98% syrah and 2% viognier.

N/ Delicious barrel room wafts, wild herbs, ripe plum skins smeared over warm river rocks, taffy, crushed granite, black and purple fruits.

The smell of a wild field of sage and prairie bushes. Absolutely lovely and complex.

T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Taste mirrors her nose and while she is full of flavor the acid work is excellent and she is accordingly a great food wine.

Long ride through a country field close.


Winemaker: Bill Nachbaur


Price = $42

N = A+
T = A
I = A-
Overall = A

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“Winemaker Notes

An axiom is a self-evident truth, and we call our Syrah “Axiom” because it is evident from the first sniff and sip that this is a classic expression of the Cote Rotie tradition of co-fermenting Syrah with Viognier, to enhance aroma and color. We had that tradition in mind when we planted our south-facing hillside as a field blend of three Syrah selections inter-planted with Viognier.

The warm winter got the vines off to an early start so harvest was early as well. A three-day cold soak let natural enzymes extract and meld flavors before fermentation started. Syrah yeast co-fermented the varieties in an open top fermenter.

We aged the 2014 Axiom in a combination of barrels carefully selected from different coopers, and sourced from different French and other European forests, for their ability to enhance the berry flavors typical of our Russian River Valley Syrah, while adding structure and notes of vanilla and spice. The early harvest, and the barrels we chose, gave the wine an elegant character. The result is a superb reflection of the vineyard and the vintage.”

92+ points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
91 points – 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition
Double Gold – 2017 American Fine Wine Competition
Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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