2016 saw another nearly perfect vintage in the Napa Valley. Winter precipitation afforded relief from drought concerns, while a very pleasant spring and mild summer produced slightly less than average yields, smaller clusters, and more concentration in the fruit. Mid-October brought substantial rains to the region, the first in quite some years, but we were fortunate to already have in all of our grapes.
The less common 877 clone offers everything we are looking for in our Syrah. Neutral oak preserves the purity of that character and barrel aging balances the natural acidity generated from the cooler growing conditions of Carneros. A four-day cold maceration is followed by 12 days of fermentation. Daily delesatage in addition to pump overs occur during active fermentation at 90°F. The wine spends 27 days total in vat followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine is then aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels - 5% new and 95% 10-year old.