White Oak Vineyards Aged Syrah (4)


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White Oak Vineyards & Winery Aged Syrah 4-Pack
$59.99 $117.00 49% off List Price
2008 White Oak Vineyards & Winery Syrah, Napa Valley
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Winery website


#3

I love syrah, both young and older bottles are completely in my wheel house. This bottle has a little age on it but still took some time to open up. I would describe the color as a red/garnet with fairly deep color. Its clear and free of sediment. Initially the wine had a moderate nose of blackberry, blueberry compote and a bit of oak. A nice nose but nothing to rave about.

The wine is dry and is medium/full bodied, I noted that the acidity felt a little low for my taste but that the fruit and oak usage kept it somewhat in balance. The wine does present some tannins, I would call them medium and are drying but also leave a rounded feeling in the mouth. The same fruit notes came through on the tongue as what I got in the nose but a got a lot more oak. With food the acidity seemed the come up a bit and became more noticeable and oakiness faded.

I stored the 2nd 1/2 of this in a 375ml under screw cap and came back to it a week later. The oak was reduced substantially but the tannins were still there. Fruit blossomed a bit and the wine took on a meatier quality, which was what I was looking for with this wine. I much preferred this wine this time around and if I were to purchase I would note that it needs a stiff decant to open up.

Recommended and I think syrah lovers will enjoy this.


White Oak Vineyards Aged Syrah (4)
#4

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#5

Hey! We tasted this at the gathering at losthiwayz’ place! My notes are sparse, but I thought this was the second-best of the samplers we got for that occasion. I noted a nose of olives and meat with some dark fruit. The palate was rather oaky with a lot of vanilla and tannin. The finish was long and had a slight bitterness at the end. This one opened up fairly well after an hour or so, and went to nearly the top of the heap for my tastes. $15/bottle is a pretty solid QPR for this one. Drink a bottle every 6-12 months until it hits your preferred sweet spot.


#6

I second Klez’ notes except that I had it as the best. Bottle of the 6 we ratted that night. This. Bottle was drinking perfectly with alcohol, tannins, fruit, and acidity in perfect balance. This has the classic syrah meat/bacon/green olives nose I love. It drank very smooth and was an elgant expression of Sonoma Syrahs. White Oak has never failed me. As a point of reference for past woot offers, I have enjoyed the r merlo and mclean syrahs though I leaned more towards the r merlo because a bit less cloying and more terroir driven. I PREFER THIS TO THOSE TWO. $15 delivered is off the hook qpr imo.

Edit: $26 on their site.


#7

This wine is delicious. Had it at the last So Cal gathering. $15/btl delivered puts this squarely in the QPR zone. Really solid Syrah with some nice age with a while to go. El yummo.


#8

Where does this fall on the El Yummo scale? Possibly an 8 El Yummo’s? :wink:


#9

Solid 8 el yummos for sure.


#10

Off topic, but WOW! Woot can ship to Georgia again! I wish someone would have sent me a note. Been gone for over a year.


#11

White Oak Cab and Merlot is an auto buy for me, I’ll bet this is good stuff also


#12

I crank through syrah and pinots. So any local splits on this?


#13

I would love for the El Yummo scale to the official wine.woot review scoring scale. It’s completely perfect.


#14

Pretty sure el yummo has already been trademarked…you guys are watching too much daytime TV :slight_smile:


#15

This stuff sounds really good. A couple syrahs that have appeared on here that SWMBO and I are enormous fans of are the Wellington Syrah and Ty Caton Ballfield Syrah.

From those who have had this, any thoughts on whether/how this is comparable/different?


#16

I didn’t care for the ballfield syrah but it was only one vintage and it was awhile ago so no details.

I can compare it directly to wellington England crest syrah, the white oak is a bit more oak and less acid. Otherwise they are similar.


#17

What are you going on about?


#18

Not sure, he accuses us of watching to much day time tv but he is the only one who gets the reference…


#19

This has more red fruit where wellington is a bit more restarined in that department and is closer to darker berries. White Oak is a bit. Righter and meatier. I adtually prefer this one though Wellington is an autobuy for me as well. Oh, and Wellington a tad more tannic (drying) whreas this one is smoother on the tannin dept. Sorry all iver the place getting ready for my nap!


#20

I am game. Looking to go in for two. Can let go of two bottles.