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This Southern Rhône-style wine is 80% Grenache, 14% Syrah and 6% Mourvedre. The primary component of this blend comes from a 2.9 acre block, planted in 1998 to three selections of Grenache Noir, using budwood originally obtained from Tablas Creek and Alban Vineyards. These selections, originally from Châteauneuf-du-Pape give darker color and better structure than the majority of Grenache planted in California. Our Grenache and Mourvedre are planted at our creekside vineyard block. The Syrah in this blend comes from Northern Rhône clones 174 and 877 located beside the winery. Our vines are planted on low-vigor rootstock to 4’x 6’ spacing.
*note; bottle pictured is not current vintage
" This is really a throw back to the classic old vine Zins in Dry Creek, where Petite Sirah provides a more structured style. The wine is dark and full-bodied with flavors of boysenberry and pepper. The Barbera keeps the wine from being too clunky by adding freshness. You know how I feel about aging Zins—I generally don’t. But our 2017 Zin has great tannin structures meaning it will wine continue to improve over the next 4 to 7 years." – MU
80% ZINFANDEL, 15% PETITE SIRAH, 5% BARBERA
Their third vintage of Aglianico is very much in the style of the great DOCG, Taurasi. Very deep color with incredible aromas of dried rose petals, prunes and spice. The wine is quite full-bodied with excellent fruit and the tannin structure to age at least 7 to 10 years.
We ferment our Syrah in small open top tanks. After a 5-day cold soak, fermentation begins with indigenous yeast. We then punch-down or pump juice over the cap twice daily. Once dry, the pomace is basket- pressed, blended with free-run wine, and transferred into barrels. A small portion of this wine was whole cluster fermented, which is for enhancing aromas. The wine was aged in only French Oak, 35% new, for 13 months.
This 2017 Syrah really illustrates the best attributes of this excellent vintage. It is dark, with intense blue and blackberry fruit, licorice, and spice. Syrah from of our favorite Crozes-Hermitage and St.-Joseph wines from the Northern Rhône. Like those wines, I recommend drinking this 2017 Syrah now through the next 5 or 6 years.