September Case Special of the Month
2016 Syrah, Case Special, $72 + tax and Shipping
The cooler, sunny weather throughout the summer allowed the
final grapes to “linger” on the vine longer, developing more
phenolic and flavor maturities, with sugar levels remaining steady.
these “head trained” vines started on September
21, 2016 into small bins to keep the fruit intact on their way to the
winery. Ripeness was very consistent and overall, flavors and
aromas were very impressive with deep, intense color with
complex aromas and supple flavors.
To maximize the extraction of the big and bold flavors of the
Syrah, we used rotary fermentation to maximize every bit of flavor
out of the variety. It was then “put to bed” in American and French
barrels, 15% of which were new oak, to concentrate its fruit
flavors, as well as round out with touches of oak.
A vibrant black, glass-staining wine entices the eye, while forward
and complex aromas of plum compote, brambly blackberry, cassis,
violets, black current and bright fruit invites the first sip. Across
the palate, dazzling, oozing, opulent boysenberry extract with
plump, luscious and juicy dark plums, anise and spices that dance
on the mouth’s senses. Liquor-like in its richness and supple
tannins, this wine leads to a powerful yet refined lingering,
mouth-filling finish. This in an INTENSE wine that is ultra
smooth and deeply satisfying.