2006 Ryan Road
The fruit for our 2006 Syrah was selected from the Ryan Road Vineyard located at 1,500 feet in elevation. The grapes were hand picked into half-ton bins at different times beginning in middle September and stretching into the end of the month to ensure all grapes had reached ideal maturity. At the winery the fruit was destemmed and gently crushed into small stainless steel fermenters. A short cold soak for two days preserved the distinct flavors of the varietal. During fermentation, the pomace 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. After the final racking, the wine was aged for an additional 14 months in 45% new French oak barrels.
Enjoy now through 2014.
- Color: Deep, ruby purple
- Aroma: Dark currant liqueur with blackberry and notes of spice box
- Taste: Deep, rich and velvety texture, with accents of oak and cedar; finishes with notes of earth and meat; ripe tannins which balance the powerful fruit.
- 90 Points - Robert M. Parker, Jr.’s The Wine Advocate