They say curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back. Well, it almost got the better of us, but finding a Napa hillside vineyard for body and a remote, coastal valley site for added spice was the reward we needed after years spent searching for the ideal California Syrah vineyards.
Alta Loma - Arroyo Seco, Monterey County: A magical bowl of a vineyard with the Estrella clone of Syrah atop Lockwood shaly loam soils that is tucked away at the southerly foot of the Santa Lucia Highlands. The aspect, morning fogs, and late cooling breeze help keep the fruit here lively and energetic that ultimately impart red berry and black pepper spiciness. Krupp Vineyard – Atlas Peak, Napa Valley: Knowing the right people helps in this game and we were fortunate to work with a Napa vineyard we’ve always admired, owned by Jan Krupp on top of Atlas Peak and next to his Stagecoach holdings. It’s a rugged, rocky vineyard that receives a lot of summer warmth, producing wildly concentrated fruit.
A brief two day cold soak was followed by a two and a half week long fermentation. The wine was pressed at dryness, then bottled unfiltered and unfined to retain the nuanced complexity of the Syrah grapes.
Deep, rich red in color, the 2010 Syrah exhibits aromas with complex layers of dark spicy chocolate, truffle, roasted nuts and cocoa. The palate has a dominant blueberry flavor. Long and plush, the tannins are silky yet bold at the same time.