2007 Paso Robles "James Berry Vineyard" Syrah
The last fruit of the year, our two acre block at James Berry Vineyard (just below the Bone Rock section) was picked on October 25th. While the quality of fruit was outstanding, yields were a miserly 0.8 ton to the acre. Fermentation was “native”. Aged in French oak, 25% new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Opaque black-purple. Thick, heady aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, minerals and spice. A rich, muscular wine but paradoxically, very pure, fresh, and even, dare we say, elegant? The magic of calcareous soils! While more tannic than the 2006, there is also considerably more flesh on the bones. Hence, the wine can be enjoyed in its youth or aged 15 years or more. Just depends on how you like ‘em! (MRO – 07/17/09)