Winemaker Notes The 2013 Syrah opens with sweet raspberry, fresh thyme and sage, followed by notes of cigar box and violet. Ripe blackberry, Bing cherry, plum and black pepper encounter lush tannins for a velvety texture and lingering mouthfeel throughout the finish.
Winemaking Data At harvest, grapes were picked at night to preserve optimal temperature control. 50% of the fruit was fermented whole cluster and the remaining 50% was destemmed and gently crushed before fermentation. Lots received regular punch downs until the desired texture was achieved. The wine was aged for eighteen months in 25% new and 75% two- to three-year-old French oak before bottling in July 2015.
Vintage Notes The 2013 growing season proved to be an excellent year in Napa Valley. It was slightly warmer than 2012, resulting in an overall earlier growing season. Lower than normal rainfall paired with moderate spring weather brought with it early bud break and bloom. Sunny skies throughout the summer months led to early veraison and harvest. Warm daytime temperatures followed by cool nights prior to harvest produced evenly ripened fruit with ideal hang time. There is great purity of fruit in the 2013 wines, good structure and overall an excellent winegrowers vintage.
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Blend and Grape Sources 96% Syrah from the Hyde Vineyard and 4% Viognier from our St. Helena Home Ranch Vineyard.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates The Viognier was picked on September 6, 2013 and the Syrah followed on September 29, 2013.
Aging/Cooperage 18 months in 25% new and 75% two- to three-year-old French oak before bottling in July 2015.