2015 Syrah, Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard
Winemaker Notes The 2015 Syrah is a rich and intensely concentrated wine with black cherry, clove, cigar box and floral aromatics. Bright, fresh and elegant with nuanced layers of ripe dark plum, soy, roast coffee, nutmeg and black pepper.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at night to preserve temperature and freshness in the fruit and aged for eighteen months in 48% new French oak puncheons and 52% in 2-4-year-old French oak (a mixture of puncheons and barrels). The barrel coopers included Ermitage and François Frères.
Vintage Notes The 2015 Napa Valley growing season experienced dry, mild winter and spring temperatures similar to the prior three growing seasons. The majority of Syrah was 50% through bud break by mid March, followed by an early period of bloom. May temperatures were unseasonably cool, but summer months were consistently warm, with heat spikes in September and October, creating conditions for a low-yielding vintage of high quality fruit from one of the earliest and most condensed harvests on record. Small berries and loose clusters led to intensely concentrated, rich flavors and full-bodied wines from the 2015 vintage.
91+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
A lovely floral nose of violets and lavender over a core of black cherries, blackberries and cracked pepper with hints of anise and garrigue. (Oct. 2017)
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Blend and Grape Sources 95% Syrah from the Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard in Carneros and 5% Viognier from the St. Helena Home Ranch.
Appellation Napa Valley
Aging/Cooperage 18 months in 48% new French oak puncheons and 52% in 2-4 year-old French oak (a mixture of puncheons and barrels). The barrel coopers included Ermitage and François Frères.