Syrah Anna's Vineyard Block 6 Reserve 2010

Syrah Anna's Vineyard Block 6 Reserve 2010

93 points

Syrah 100%
 
93 points. Wine Advocate, Robert Parker Jr
 
AROMA
earth, sweet cedar, Indian spiced compote
 
TASTE
macerated dark plums, anise, coffee beans 
 
FOOD PAIRINGS
duck confit, carnitas

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Anna’s Estate Vineyard Syrah is a 15 acre south facing section situated in the Santa Lucia mountain range at an elevation of 1900 feet.  Planted in 2001 and farmed under the “SIP” sustainable guidelines, it is composed of 5 subdivisions, each “block” an ENTAV certified clone on a variety of lime tolerant rootstocks.  Block 6 is a 3 acre parcel on the steepest western edge of the Vineyard.  Planted to the Tablas A Clone it lies on a shallow soils underlain with calcareous shale.   This chalky subsoil adds a significant element of stress, reducing yields to 2 tons/acre, thus ensuring small berry size and a higher ratio of skin to juice.  Outperforming other vineyard blocks with its density of fruit and pure definition of varietal character, it has been selected for the Reserve program.

2010, although a bit cooler than the average Paso Robles vintage, allowed long hang times and good fruit intensity.  This particular vineyard site benefits from geographic idiosyncrasies which bring out the best in vine quality.  Matching its distinctive terroir to ideal vine genetics and devigorating soils, one can soon recognize the elements that play into this wine’s unique signature.  First impressions reveal a scent of sweet earth, toasted cedar and a compote of Indian spiced fruits.  More of a Côte Rotie style, the wine has the plushness of macerated dark plums and the confit richness of a slow roasted cassoulet, leading to a seductive creamy finish of more dark fruits, anise, pleasing warmth, and the first whiff of roasting coffee beans.  The Block 6 is best enjoyed in the next 5 years through 2018.

VINEYARD DETAILS:
AVA: Westside Paso Robles 
Vineyard: Anna’s Estate Vineyard-Block 6
Elevation: 1,900 feet
Grade: 30%
Soil: Calcareous Limestone
Clones: Tablas Clone A
Rootstocks: 1103P
Planted Acres: 3
        
HARVEST DATES:
September 25, 2010
 
TECHNICAL DATA:
Alcohol: 14.3%
pH: 3.47    
TA: 6.3 g/L
Brix: 25.6
Yield: 2.5 tons/acre
Fermentation: five ton open top fermentor tanks, native yeast
        
VINTAGE DETAILS:
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Cases: 150 cases produced
Release Date: Fall 2013
CA Suggested Retail: $50      
 
COOPERAGE:
Barrel aged 20 months in 66% New French Oak Bottled: 7/25/12
Unfined, unfiltered. 

Wine Specs

Vintage 2010
Varietal Syrah
Vineyard Designation Anna's Vineyard
Robert Parker 93

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes A beautiful Syrah, the 2010 Syrah Reserve Block 6 Anna’s Estate Vineyard delivers a savory, layered profile with smoky black currants, raspberry, lead pencil, spice box and plenty of dried herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced palate. Rich, textured and structured, it should evolve gracefully for 10-12 years. Drink now-2022.
 

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