2009 Syrah, Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard
100% Napa Valley Syrah from the Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard. This is the first vineyard designate wine made from this location by Joseph Phelps.
Grapes were picked at an average 24.4 Brix and fermented in stainless steel tanks after a cold soak of seven days. The wine was aged 18 months in a combination of 30% new French oak and 70% two-year-old French oak barrels. Barrel coopers Ermitage, François Frères, Sirugue and Saint Martin were selected for their tight grain and nuanced oak characteristics. This wine was bottled unfiltered in June 2011.
The inky, bold color of this wine paves the way for beautiful classic Syrah aromas of white pepper, licorice, allspice and marshmallow. The seamless and complex finish is layered with silky, lush tannins and lingers on the palate as it continues to evolve.
The 2009 growing season began, and seemed to end, with rain. The late spring rains ended in early May to help recharge the soil moisture profile just in time for the first heat spike over 100˚F in mid-May. June and July were cooler months, August recorded normal weather patterns and September was warmer than normal based on our 26 year degree-day-average. There were a total of 19 days during the growing season yielding temperatures over 100˚F, most of which were in August and September. Evening temperatures during the warm patterns remained cool enough to allow for better vine recovery from each day’s heat.