2016 Syrah, 'Phoenix Ranch', Napa Valley
Vineyard Notes: Biodynamically farmed, cool climate site. Dry winter, long, cold spring and very late set, mild summer heat and below normal yields here. Harvested on 9/23.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: Stainless steel fermented, aged for 28 months sur lees in neutral French oak barrels. Deep, dark purple in color. Really (really) big nose full of ripe cassis, black licorice, violets and white pepper. Secondary aromas of bacon fat, bay leaf, and garrigue. Intense flavors of cassis and brambly berry, with hints of baker’s chocolate, white pepper, and tobacco. Finishes long with velvety tannins and lively acidity.
Cases Produced: 254