Syrah from Dry Creek can often be a bit one-dimensional. To counteract this trend, we’ve found that judicious blending can greatly increase the complexity, much like blending Petite Sirah into our Dry Creek Zinfandel. For this vintage, 2% Viognier was cofermented with the Syrah to add interest to the nose. Additionally, after malolactic fermentation, we included 15% Grenache for mid-palate volume and fruit and 7% Bennett Valley Syrah for texture and focus. The wine was aged in all French oak, 30% new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Opaque crimson-purple. Glass staining. An explosive nose of blackberry, creosote, narcissus, coffee-bean and vanilla. Sexiness just oozes out of the glass! On the palate, concentrated, thick, but with a wonderful sense of balance. More approachable at this point than the previous four vintages. Enjoy this delicious bad boy from release through 2020. (MRO – 09/25/11)