Our Dry Creek Syrah hails exclusively from the iron-rich soils of Ray Teldeschi's ranch, high up on the eastern side of the valley. In the past, this vineyard constituted the lion's share of our one Syrah, ranging from 60% in 1999 to 100% in 2000. As with our other Syrahs, the wine was pressed sweet to finish fermentation in French oak, 33% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Dark purple. Captivating aromas of blackberry, blueberry, smoked meats, and mocha. Even a hint of new saddle leather. A great sniff! In the mouth, rich and full-bodied, with plenty of blackberry fruit through the lasting finish. Imminently drinkable now but best between mid 2006 and 2009. (MRO - 8/7/05)