2017

Syrah

Tazetta Vineyard

Livermore Valley

$38

 

TA: 5.5g/l

pH: 3.7

Brix at harvest: 24.3

Harvest date: 9/21/2017

Aging treatment: 10% New American Oak (2 year air dried)

 

Winemaker’s Notes:

 

            “This Syrah comes from the vineyard immediately adjacent to the Winery property.

            It is an organically farmed, ½ acre vineyard with an average vine age of 18 years. It typically has fruit and dense character stemming from the perfect drainage and aggressive pruning strategy.  It is kept under 3 tons to the acre providing structure and an intense flavor profile.

            This vineyard is in transition to Biodynamic farming, which includes the use of natural, homeopathic treatments and excludes the use of artificial chemicals.

            The approach is a holistic vision of viticulture which treats the vineyard as an organism and seeks to bring balance to the entire living entity, including using all natural weed control… named Mipsy, Mopsy, Flipsy and Flopsy, the Babydoll sheep.”

 

            Dane Stark, winemaker

 

Tasting notes:

 

            This vintage is light in color, but full of  fruit on the nose. It starts with a nice plum character and has a little pepper and earthy notes to it. The fruit is refined but bright with pomegranate, strawberry and hints of cassis (normally a Cabernet component) and spices.

            It is bright on the palate with plentiful fruit or berries and floral notes. The entry when you first taste it is on the tip of the tongue and while this is an excellent food wine, would perhaps be enjoyed just as well consumed all by itself…!!! The finish is draped in roses and a lengthy after glow.