Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Vineyard Locations: Burgess Estate Vineyards, Yountville & Eastern slope of Howell Mountain
Grape Variety: 100% Syrah
Winemaking Data: Alcohol 14.3%; pH 3.76; T.A. 0.62; 100% Malolactic fermentation
Harvest Notes: A lighter crop than usual due to a midsummer heat wave.
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.