2005 Bennett Valley Syrah
100% Bennett Valley Syrah
n this cool vintage, multiple passes were made to drop fruit to ensure proper ripeness. Picked quite late on November 3rd, eventual yields were approximately 3.0 tons to the acre. Only 27% new French oak was used to not detract from the wonderful “Côte-Rôtie” like flavors and aromas imparted from the use of 40% whole cluster. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Dark black-ruby. A deliciously floral nose of violets, lavender, licorice, and black olive. Can you say “Côte-Rôtie”? Quite fleshy on entry but not at all heavy or over the top. Flavors of blackberry, cherry, and olive tapenade are supported by fine tannins and acidity. Concentrated yet elegant. A joy to drink and a wine that we would like to achieve in every vintage. Drink 2008 through 2015. (MRO – 10/15/07)