This is an enticing Carneros Syrah bottling, leading off with flashy ripe blackberry and boysenberry aromas layered in baking spice and a very subtle anise character. On a second pass through the wine Syrah’s trademark violet becomes more apparent. The palate is soft and rich in flavor. Tannins are well integrated and balanced and the finish is long.
The rolling hills of the Carneros American Viticultural Area straddle both sides of the southern Napa and Sonoma counties. These Syrah grapes are situated on the Napa County side, a few miles west of the city of Napa on Old Sonoma Road. Carneros is a varied appellation with many distinct microclimates, and this site is particularly unique. The vines are perched on a rocky west facing hill with optimal sun exposure throughout the growing season. This vineyard is also in the northern reaches of Carneros and benefits from a warmer growing season than the southern parts of the appellation closer to San Pablo Bay.
Destem to stainless steel tank and ferment on the skin for 14 days. Aged in 40% French oak and 60% neutral oak for 18 months. Racked once off malolactic lees and left to rest in oak undisturbed for the remainder of aging.