This Syrah was grown in two locations: One on the Eastern-side of Howell Mountain off Ink Grade Road, the other just south of Yountville in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. By blending grapes from these two areas, the wine is fashioned after a mid-Rhone wine. Fermentation took place under a relatively high aeration system which helps build complexity and retains purity of the flavors. The wine was aged in approximately 40% French oak barrels and 60% American oak to build the complex flavors.
Vineyard & Winemaker notes:
2010 was an odd growing season. It was long and cool, with April frosts, June heat and a cool and wet summer with the exception of about 7 days in August where the temperatures jumped from the 70s to about 100. There was a lot of rain during the late harvest.
Cases produced: 1600
Release date: February 2014
Suggested Retail: $30.00