2010 Bennett Valley Syrah

52% Bennett Valley Syrah, Jemrose Vineyard
48% Bennett Valley Syrah, Steiner Vineyard

pH: 3.79
T.A.: 5.4 g/L
Alcohol: 13.8%
Cases Produced: 483

Although our Jemrose fruit is usually bottled on its own as “Cardiac Hill”, we found that in this vintage, blending with Syrah from Steiner Vineyard created a better wine.  Both vineyards were picked near the very end of harvest on October 21st.  Approximately 20% of each lot was not destemmed.  After 19 days on the skins, each lot was pressed to French oak, 35% new, and then blended after malolactic fermentation.  Unfined and unfiltered.

Bennett Valley Syrah

Tasting Note:

Very dark crimson purple.  Nearly opaque.  Explosive aromas of blackberry, graphite, and spring flowers.  Really blossoms with air.  The wine enters smoothly, displaying plenty of black and blue fruit with a note of violet.  Quite suave and sophisticated on the palate with caressing tannins on the finish.  A beautifully balanced cool-climate Syrah that has a long, long life ahead of it.  Optimum drinking should be 2015 to 2025. (MRO – 07/18/12)

Suggested Retail: $33 - Sold Out
Release Date: November 2012