"Inky ruby. Fresh black and blue fruits, olive and a hint of smokiness on the perfumed nose. Chewy and densely packed, offering appealingly sweet cassis and blackberry flavors sharpened by a jolt of juicy acidity. The smoky quality repeats on a very long, gently tannic finish that leaves a suggestion of dark berry liqueur behind."
-Vinous (September 2016)
This deep, dark brooding inky purple Syrah has earthy tones with violets, bacon, fennel and graphite. Deep blue fruits of plum and blueberry compote with Christmas spice and roast beets. Drink through 2020
AROMA Violets, bacon, fennel earthy with graphite
FLAVOR Black plum and blueberry compote, roast beets, and Christmas spice
A dedicated collection of Rhône grape varieties, Anna’s mountainous 48 acres are divided between six red varieties, planted between 2001 and 2004 along a steep south facing ridge, and 4 lower elevation white varieties planted in 2007. Red varieties benefit from ideal sun exposure and exhibit the nuanced flavors of their elevated mountain site in Paso Robles' Adelaida District. At between 1,595 and 1,935 feet in elevation, the red varieties lie on an extreme 30 degree slope rooted in devigorating calcareous shale sub soils. At 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the afternoon marine air flow accentuates a dramatic 40-50 degree diurnal temperature cool down. The white varieties lie at the lowest point of the vineyard, 1,595 feet, which promotes a pooling of the cool air. All vines, on drip, are planted on lime tolerant rootstock using a vertical shoot training system. Vine spacing is 4 feet between vines and 10 feet between rows, 1,089 vines/acre. Yields are maintained at 2 tons/acre. Vines are ENTAV certified, the 15 acres of Syrah being a diverse selection, divided into 5 vineyard blocks.
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