2006 Knights Valley "Pelkan Ranch" Syrah
Perhaps one of our most consistent fruit sources, those who have tasted previous vintages will know exactly what to expect – another outstanding Pelkan Ranch Syrah! Picked later than ever, on October 14th, the fruit was fully destemmed and cold-soaked for four days before inoculation with a yeast isolated from the Côte du Rhône. At five brix, the wine was pressed to all French Oak, 62% new, to finish fermentation in barrel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Very dark ruby-purple. Aromas of blackberry and Satsuma plum with suggestions of Jujubes, tar, meat, and vanilla. A wonderful sniff! Full-bodied but not at all fat due to the mountain-grown tannins. Really blossoms texturally on day two, an indication of the good things to come. Drink this age-worthy wine from 2010 through 2020. (MRO – 10/30/08)