2007 Russian River Valley Syrah
100% Russian River Valley Syrah, Parsons' Ranch
Once again, our Russian River Valley Syrah hails completely from the Parsons’ Ranch on Wood Road. Each clone was fermented separately using approximately 40% whole clusters to provide structure and aromatic lift. In the end, a blend of all clones made the most compelling wine. Thirty-three percent new French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Opaque purple. Even the bubbles are black. Concentrated, brooding aromas of blackberry, acacia flower, graphite, and peppery spice. What a sniff! On the palate, totally seamless with impeccable balance. Served blind, many knowledgeable wine drinkers might guess Crozes-Hermitage. While enjoyable now with a good decanting, peak drinking should be between 2010 through 2016. (MRO – 03/10/09)