2016 Cabernet Syrah Signature
Two Vineyard Blend
91pts - Vinous
91 POINTS | VINOUS
"Glass-staining ruby. Smoke- and black-pepper-accented dark berry, cherry pit and floral aromas are sharpened by a bright mineral note, and a hint of candied licorice emerges with air. Palate-coating cassis and bitter cherry flavors show a touch of violet, and zesty acidity adds back-end bite. Closes firm and long, with very good focus and chewy tannins coming on late."
The idea of combining Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah originated in Australia in the 1950s with a wine called “Grange Hermitage”. It has become the example of a perfect marriage. These two powerhouse grapes combine their best properties, Cabernet’s firm structure and distinctive blackcurrant fruit with Syrah’s hearty, broad textures and fleshy black savoriness. Adelaida has a long experience with this blend which shows the high-toned aromatics and fruit precision of two Estate Vineyards.
The finished wine conveys the suave richness of creamy milk chocolate and ripe cherries wrapped in a vicuna coat of mulled Christmas spices and sweet cedar. It is a wine of reigned-in power yet possessing a full attack of black and blue fruits in a velvety embrace. Immediately attractive, it will see growing complexity over a conservative 10 year drinking window.
Pot roasted lamb shanks with cannelloni beans, pulled pork and goat cheese quesadillas, bacon wrapped venison medallions with sautéed wild mushrooms
Viking Vineyard: Location is what makes the Viking Vineyard a prized site, capable of producing wines of piercing fruit concentration. Mountain grown fruit, chalk-rock soils, south facing exposure, and a marine influenced microclimate, are the elements needed to produce a monumental Cabernet Sauvignon.
Anna's Vineyard: Named for Elizabeth Van Steenwyk’s grandmother, this mountainous 48-acre vineyard sits above and around HMR vineyard and supports Adelaida’s Rhône program. The white varieties (planted in 2007) of Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, and Roussanne lie at the lowest point of the vineyard where they benefit from a pooling of cooler air. Viognier is planted closer to the top. The red varieties (planted between 2001 and 2006) of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache Noir, Petite Sirah, Cinsault, and Counoise benefit from ideal sun exposure at the top of the steep, south-facing ridge location, which is delineated by calcareous shale sub-soil.
The low rainfall and moderate, yet warm temperatures of the 2016 season proved ideal for producing wines of deep color and full flavor. Harvested throughout September, the night-picked grapes were de-stemmed, optically sorted, fermented with indigenous yeast cultures in small batch wood and concrete fermenting vessels and matured for 20 months in a high proportion of new French oak barrels, ultimately becoming an equal 50/50 marriage.
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