2006 Syrah Dry Creek Valley
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard: Herbert’s vineyard –The vineyard, a former prune orchard, is located about the mid point on the west side of Dry Creek Valley along the banks of Dry Creek. Planted in 1990 and sustainably farmed, the vines are drip irrigated, entirely no-till and planted with specially selected cover crops. The Grapes are a mix of clones 877 and Durrell, all on 5C rootstock.
Vintage: The year started off with heavy long winter and spring rains, impeding bud break a couple weeks. Once the sunny weather began the abundant water in the ground led to vigorous growth. The vines were hedged to curb growth and the canopy opened with significant leafing to provide grapes with sufficient sun exposure. A relatively cool late summer and early fall slowed ripening. The Syrah’s flavors benefited from the long cool hang time. The harvest was moderately late but the fruit came in at full physiological ripeness.
Composition: 97% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Viognier
Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, gently crushed and fermented in one ton containers. Caps were manually punched twice each day. After pressing, the wine was transferred to a mixture of French and American oak barrels for 18 months, receiving about 30% new oak treatment.
Tasting Notes: A remarkably elegant and subtle wine that offers brilliant garnet color with aromas of blueberries, violets and some baking spices. Vibrant fresh fruit on the palate with a mild peppery spice and bright acidity. The long finish and restrained tannins provide perfect balance.