Our 4.6 acre parcel of Tablas clone Syrah was planted on the highest hill of our estate—the site of an ancient riverbank—almost 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:
"The 2017 Syrah Estate saw a longer maceration as well as 27 months in 15% new French oak. It's deep ruby/plum color is followed by classic Syrah notes of blackberries, ground pepper, spice box, and dried herbs. It's medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, has sweet tannins, and a great finish. 91-93 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: $49 Retail / $41.65 Club
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