blueberry, black currant, white pepper and savory notes of pancetta introduce a wine that is big‐
boned and bold, yet complex and nuanced.
Unfolding in layers of blackberry, plum and dried herbs,
the palate is still brooding but declares itself with authority, finishing long with firm tannins and notes
of cedar and spice.
The 2007 growing season was preceded by a mild, dry winter. Bud break came
early and set a crop of tight clusters of small berries. Summer brought ideal weather with warm,
even temperatures through veraison. Several heat spikes in August suggested that crush might
begin early but temperatures cooled in early September, allowing ample time for phenolics as well
as sugars to reach optimum levels. The result was a slow, steady harvest of exceptional quality, with
wines showing great intensity and structure.
Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled April 2009.
Fermented in small, open‐top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
5‐day cold soak, 19 days total maceration
Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
Aged 18 months in French oak barrels; 67% new.
This syrah commands attention with a dense, black garnet hue.