Napa Valley’s 2017 vintage was a memorable one. Abundant winter rains enabled healthy springtime growth and a series of powerful heat waves accelerated ripening through the summer. As a result, most of our fruit was safely in the cellar before the wine country wildfires broke out in early October. We worked diligently to manage fermentations through evacuation orders and electricity outages, and ruthlessly weeded out any fruit that risked smoke damage. Our estate-grown Syrah was planted in 2002, and assembles eight different clones for aromatic and textural complexity. We co-fermented the clones in tank, then aged the wine in 100% New French Oak barrels for 18 months before bottling.
18 months in 100% New French Oak barrels