2006 Bennett Valley "Cardiac Hill" Syrah
100% Bennett Valley Syrah, Jemrose Vineyard
“Cardiac Hill” is a steep, rocky, north-facing block in the Jemrose Vineyard of Bennett Valley. Picked October 25th, yields were approximately 3 tons to the acre. Forty percent of the fruit was not destemmed to increase complexity and aromatics. Aged in all French oak, 22% new. The wine was lightly egg white fined but bottled unfiltered.
Black ruby-purple. Glass-staining. A perfumed nose of blackberry, game, and spring flowers lead to flavors of crushed rock, tar, pepper, and black fruits. Cornas on steroids! The richness and extract completely cloak the considerable tannins and acidity. A very special Syrah that should age extremely well. Drink 2010 through 2020. (MRO – 10/30/08)