2011 Syrah Block 5 Reserve
2011 Syrah Block 5 Reserve
Anna's Estate Vineyard
94pts, Robert Parker
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SKU: SY11B5R-B750
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94 points | Wine Advocate, Robert Parker Jr.
The 2011 Syrah Block 5 Reserve is awesome. Sporting an inky opaque purple color, it has gorgeous black raspberry, cassis, licorice, toasted spice and hints of violets that flow to a medium to full-bodied, seamless and incredible pure Syrah that stays lively, fresh and balanced. Made from 100% Syrah and aged 20 months in 60% new French oak, it’s hard to resist now, but will thrill for upward of another decade.  
92 points. Wine Enthusiast
The tension between ripe fruits, lovely florals and savory spices make this memorable. On the nose, aromas include blueberry pie, violet and anise, while the palate offers plum jam followed by tree bark tartness finished with dried oregano.
92 points. Tasting Panel, Anthony Dias Blue

With five blocks of Syrah that make up the 15 acres of Anna’s ridge top Vineyard, we have experienced particular success with Block five and Block six. These two sections planted with small berry Châteauneuf-du-Pape clones express the soul of Syrah. The long growing season of 2011 with its cool summer, added additional hang time to maximize their flavor development.  Some 20% of the blend was co-fermented with seven percent Viognier, a practice famous in France’s Côte-Rôtie region. This method, only possible when both varieties are harvested at the same time, enhances the Syrah aromatics and sets the red grapes characteristic dark pigment color.  The wine is thick, dense, with a sense of flesh and mineral backbone.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes
Roasted black fruits, espresso crema, dried flowers, graphite shavings, black licorice, dark chocolate, sagebrush

Food Pairings

Winemaker Notes
Beef stew in red wine with wild mushrooms and orange zest, roasted veal shank with rosemary, whole chicken baked with garlic

Vineyard Notes

Vineyard Notes
Named for Elizabeth Van Steenwyk’s grandmother, Anna's 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.

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