Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 302,673 strong:

Register Today!

Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Syrah 2013 Wine Review

Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Syrah 2013

Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Syrah 2013

Alexander Valley, California, United States

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 2

  Add My Review

Price: $22.95

Drink: 2015-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Alexander Valley Vineyards

Agent: The Small Winemakers Collection

Natalie's Score: 90/100

This supple, smooth Californian Syrah sources grapes from the winery's Wetzel Family Estate vineyard. Rich and full-bodied with aromas of black plum and some dark spice. Pair with lamb and rosemary.

Syrah food pairings: grilled meats or long slow braises of beef, lamb or poultry liberally seasoned with thyme, rosemary and garlic.

Luscious Lamb Wine

This Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Syrah 2013 was reviewed on October 23, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

  Add New Vintage

Reviews and Ratings

2013 was another outstanding vintage, with an almost perfect growing season, great yields and superb fruit flavors. The warm winter and spring resulted in uniform ripening and excellent quality in the grapes. Overall, there were fewer hot and cold spikes than recent vintages, the sugar levels were able to develop evenly and flavors developed more quickly.
The Syrah and Viognier ripened together in 2013, so the two grapes were harvested the same day, de-stemmed, then cold soaked together, retaining the bright berry flavors and stabilizing the color. The wine was aged for 15 months in French Oak barrels. Winemaker Kevin Hall added 4% Mouvedre for texture and tannic structure and 4% Grenache for fruitiness.
This lush wine has floral aromas of violets, dark fruits, dark chocolate and vanilla. There are rich flavors of blackberry jam, black cherry, and vanilla with silky tannins and a long structured finish.

Source: Winery (Alexander Valley Vineyards)

If you liked the Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Syrah 2013, you might also like these wines:




Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Laurenz V. White Wine
Grüner Veltliner 2019,
Kamptal D.A.C. ...

Natalie MacLean

Canada's Most Quoted Wine Writer

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 302,673 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award