2011 Ryan Road
The fruit for our 2011 Syrah was selected from Ryan Road Vineyard, located at 1,500 feet in elevation. The vines are rooted in calcareous rich soils and are grown under very dry conditions that produce tiny berries and low yields. The grapes were hand-selected and handpicked into half-ton bins during the final week of September, ensuring all grapes had reached ideal maturity.
At the winery, the fruit was destemmed and gently crushed into small French oak fermenters. A short cold soak for two days helped extract the distinct flavors of the varietal prior to yeast inoculation. During fermentation, the juice was pumped over three times a day to extract the optimum amount of color and tannins. At dryness, the fruit was pressed, settled in tanks for two days and then racked to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The wines were meticulously racked four times while being aged for 18 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Enjoy now through 2020.
- Color: Dark ruby
- Aroma: Cherries with notes of cola and hints of savory spice
- Taste: Medium to full-bodied with sweet cherry flavors and fleshy tannins that linger into the long finish