1993 Napa Syrah
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Estate-grown Syrah from our Stags Leap, Carneros and Yountville vineyards.
September 11 - 21, 1993
The early-maturing 1993 vintage provided a number of challenges to North Coast winemakers, including cool, wet weather in late May and early June (lowering crop yields), high temperatures and strong winds at the end of June (causing sunburn damage) and a heat spell in late August which raised grape sugars but not necessarily ripeness levels. However, among the rewards and benefits of 20-plus years of winemaking is the ability to produce a good wine from a difficult vintage. Reduced crop yields in 1993 produced more concentrated, flavorful fruit, as did thinning out sunburned grape clusters; and vineyards that withstood the August heat and received additional "hang time" developed excellent flavors and tannins. Our 1993 Syrah is an outstanding wine with firm tannins, spicy, licorice-like aromas and hints of blackberry and mocha in the bright fruit flavors.