Our 4.6 acre parcel of Tablas clone Syrah was planted on the highest hill of our estate—the site of an ancient riverbank—25 years ago. Our diurnal climate ripens the grapes during the warm days, then sends the vines into hibernation during the cool nights to preserve acid and structure, resulting in fruit of great elegance and balance. Rhône aficionado Jeb Dunnuck tastes a barrel sample of this wine each year before it is bottled, which he did for this vintage almost a year ago while it was still maturing in barrel. Here's what he had to say at the time:
"All varietal, the 2019 Syrah Estate offers considerable elegance as well as medium to full body, ripe tannins, a solid spine of acidity, and complex notes of peppery herbs, gamey meats, tapenade, and peppery red and black fruits. It's another complex, balanced, impeccably made wine from this estate that will keep for 7-8 years. 90-92 points"
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: Syrah
VINIFICATION: Fermented on skins with 20% dried stem inclusion
AGING: Aged in 15% new French oak barrels for 27 months
PAIR WITH: Rosemary-seasoned duck, lamb, chocolate torte
CASE PRODUCTION: 300
PRICE: $52 Retail / $44.20 Club
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