South Coast's winemaker used 100% Syrah from the 2010 vintage to make this fun, red sparkler, which was once upon a time known as Cold Duck. It takes advantage of Syrah's big, bold berry flavors, while smelling intensely sweet, like a Jamba Juice smoothie. Very foamy on opening; let it settle and drink it supercold.
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Reviews wines from California.
Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat
and Sonoma Magazine
, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.