Syrah Anna's Vineyard 2011

Syrah Anna's Vineyard 2011

90 points

Syrah 100%

90 points. Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines


licorice, plum jam, wild game


thyme, espresso beans, bacon, dark fruits


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Planted in 2001 the 15 acre Syrah block of Anna’s Vineyard includesfive different genetic clones and root stocks, designed to give diversity to the final blend.  Combined with a steep, south facing terrain, these elevation-challenged vines give us dense fruit flavors and savory aromatics.  Harvested in late September the grapes achieved unexpected ripeness for this cool-climate vintage, with a much diminished yield owing to a historic early April frost.

A bit shy with its tightly wound abundant charms, it will benefit from aeration.  Aromatic notes of licorice and plum jam soon show themselves and merge with a sense of meat essence in the full and expansive mouth feel.  With time, more flavors assert themselves all leading to a berry liqueur, softly textured finish. Approachable now but at its best between 2014 thru 2017.

AVA: Paso Robles
Vineyard: Anna’s Estate Vineyard
Elevation: 1800-1900 feet
Soil type: Calcareous Limestone

Barrel aged months;?
100% French oak barrique; 40% new?
Harvest dates: ?
Alcohol: 15.5%

Variety: 100% Syrah 
Cases: 600
Release date: 9/2013
CA suggested retail: $32

Wine Specs

Vintage 2011
Varietal Syrah
Vineyard Designation Anna's Estate Vineyard
Connoisseurs' Guide 90

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