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Syrah 2015
Syrah 2015
Anna's Estate Vineyard
 
blueberries, anise, cracked peppercorns
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SKU: SY15ANN-B750
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The wine opens with strong scents of roasting coffee beans, black and blue fruits and singed anise with a sustaining and concentrated mid palate reminiscent of reduced pan roasting juices, cracked pepper and bay leaf.  Drink now through 2023.

This is a mountain vineyard that imparts characteristic purity, expressive aromatics and heightened flavor intensity not found in wines from the valley floor.  100% Syrah from an elevated south-facing site on our ridge top Anna’s Vineyard, these vines are planted in low vigor limestone soils that produce small, deeply pigmented grapes. This property is more a mirror of the northern Rhone region with our dramatic diurnal temperature swings emphasizing cool overnight temperatures to balance the warm daytime temps.   Showing more than generic fruit flavors this is an example of why location is so important for growing grape vines.  Melding old world terroir character (the influence of “place”) and full fruited new world ripeness, the result is a layering of lively berry flavors nuanced by subtle earthy notes.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes
Aromas of roasted coffee beans, blueberries, anise, cracked peppercorns, and bay leaf. Flavors of espresso coffee from Ethiopia (blue fruit character), black plums, meat juices, and dark chocolate.

Professional Reviews

Food Pairings

Winemaker Notes
Slow cooker Asian braised beef, traditional Yankee Pot Roast, Louisiana Southern Fried Chicken

Vineyard Notes

Vineyard Notes
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 lie at the lowest point of the vineyard where they benefit from a pooling of cooler air. Viognier is planted near the top as it thrives when it is warmer and receives more sun. The red varieties, planted between 2001 and 2006, benefit from ideal sun exposure at the top of the steep, south-facing ridge location and exhibit the nuanced flavors of their elevated mountain site.

Vintage Notes

Vintage Notes
2015

2015 continued the long central coast drought amplified by a disturbance during the flowering, a veritable “perfect storm”, producing significantly low yields of very high quality fruit.  Harvested at night in the first week of September, incoming grapes were hand sorted and de-stemmed, with additional sorting of individual grapes utilizing an optical scanner.  These pristine grapes were fermented with ambient yeast in small batch stainless and concrete vats with daily punch-downs and pump overs to maintain full skin and juice contact.  Ageing in a mix of barrel sizes (mostly large puncheons), 1/3 new French oak plus 2nd and 3rd use barrels, the finished wine is a blend of best vineyard blocks and clonal selections.   

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Katie
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(Jul 30, 2018 at 12:36 PM)
Fresh vibrant dark fruit nose, leather, damp rich earth, balanced dark fruit flavors. Good stuff, would buy again.

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