ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley
• COMPOSITION: 100% Syrah
• AGING: 17 months in French Oak
• pH: 3.65
• TA: 0.68g / 100mL
• ALCOHOL: 13.7%
• BOTTLED: March 2005
• PRODUCTION: 1,862 cases
2002 started with a mild and short winter, resulting in no vine damage. Ideal spring weather led to an early bud break and complete flowering. The absence of rain made for a beautiful fruit set. Summer temperatures were above average and rainfall was below average, resulting in very complete ripening. September was warmer than average. This short blast of heat made for great structure, complex flavors, and ripeness in the Syrah grapes.
The 2002 Estate Grown Syrah was harvested at 26.8 brix and gently crushed into stainless steel fermenters. The skins and juice were allowed to “cold soak” for a number of days prior to the addition of cultured yeast. This process creates darker colors and enhances the ripeness of flavors. After fermentation was completed, the finished wine was drawn off and the skins were pressed. 100% of the vintage was aged in small oak barrels, the majority being from French forests, for 17 months. Gentle racking of the barrels allowed for the removal of solids without filtration.
This sexy Syrah introduces itself with vanilla, raspberry and slight rose petal on the nose, followed by a mouthful of jammy fruit and espresso with a perfect layer of dark chocolate and underlying clove. Serve this dense, slightly meaty Syrah with lamb or prime rib for a fantastic meal!