2000 Dry Creek Valley Syrah
100% Dry Creek Valley Syrah, Teldeschi Ranch
Although young vines (the 5th leaf), diligent farming and attention to detail once again provided some exceptionally high quality fruit in this mixed vintage. Picked in mid-October at 26 Brix, the grapes were completely destemmed but with only minimal crushing. After a 4-day cold soak, the must was inoculated with L2226, an alcohol tolerant strain of yeast. At the peak of fermentation 4 days later (about 8 Brix), the wine was pressed into all new French (75%) and American oak (25%). The wine was gently racked twice and given a light egg white fining before being bottled unfiltered in July of 2002.
Dark purple/ruby. Nearly opaque. A gorgeous, lifted nose of black fruits, licorice, mint, and vanilla leap from the glass. Extremely full and rich but with acidity and tannin to provide amazing balance for a wine so big. Hard to resist now but we feel this wine has a long life ahead of it. Would be a great ringer in a flight of McLaren Vale Shiraz. (MRO - 6/30/02)