Syrah Block 6 Reserve 2009
93pts, Robert Parker
93 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Adelaida’s 2009 Syrah Block 6 Reserve Anna’s Vineyard shows more aromatic lift than some of the other Syrahs. Violet, black cherries and mint are woven together in a refined, polished style that stands apart for its class, finesse and sheer polish. Sweet perfumed notes linger on the gorgeous, highly articulate finish.
90 points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Nicely defined aromas of ripe berries and spice set this one out on a sure varietal track, and, if showing hints of chocolate here and there along the way, the wine stays true to Syrah throughout. It is fairly full-bodied and supple in feel with balancing acids and integral tannins for grip, and the touch of heat that peeks through at the finish does nothing to detract from its ongoing message of fruit.
Aromas of milk and dark chocolate with solid fruit. The mouth is full of soft tannins and aromatic spices. A delicious winter wine.
Dense black cherries. Full-bodied. Roasted meat. Dried herbs. Unfined. Unfiltered.
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.
This third year of the continuing California drought stressed available water resources. Some frost occurred in early April but an ideal spring contributed to a good fruit set of mostly tiny clusters. A uniform growing season slowly intensified color and ripeness, only to be interrupted by summer Central Coast offshore winds and heat which brought many varieties quickly to maximum Brix levels. Skipping Labor Day, the vineyard crew harvested Pinot Noir and Anna’s Syrah on Sept. 1st, Rhone whites and Grenache on Sept. 4th and 5th, followed by Cabernet and Zinfandel in the 3rd week of September. Portuguese varieties, Mourvedre and Nebbiolo were harvested at months end, just in time to miss incoming storms. All in all 2009 was an excellent vintage for all of our 23 varieties, but compressed within 4 short weeks, a flurry of organized chaos.
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