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2006 Syrah, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros

BLEND
Syrah 97%, Viognier 3%

VINEYARDS
Stanly Ranch Estate (Syrah), Hudson Vineyards (Viognier)

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Handpicked, hand sorted
  • 27 days on the skins
  • Bottled unfiltered

BARREL AGING
13 months in French Oak (65% new)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
August, 2008

CELLARING
This wine should develop complexity with five years in the bottle and hold for at least five years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Winemaking
In the tradition of a Côte Rôtie from the Rhone Valley of France, we co-ferment our estate grown syrah after de-stemming with whole cluster viognier. The resulting wine has lifted floral aromatics in addition to the stone and black fruits.

Vintage
The 2006 vintage has been described as a “growers” year by some vintners. After a late bud break due to an unseasonably cool spring, the Napa Valley experienced a record setting heat wave in July which allowed the grapes to catch up in ripening. An ideal mild weather pattern came in August and an “Indian Summer” followed into October allowing for slow and even ripening resulting in acids and sugars in perfect harmony.

The Wine
Our Syrah shows intense aromas of blackberry, bacon fat, smoke, mineral and the elusive white pepper. The mouthfeel is powerful and broad across the palate with mouth filling fruit and the finish goes on for more than a minute. We love this wine with a roasted leg of lamb, or grilled lamb chops.