1995 Napa Syrah
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Blend and Grape Sources
100% estate-grown Syrah from our vineyards in Spring Valley, Carneros and Yountville.
September 29 - October 7, 1995
Grapes were harvested from September 29, - October 7, 1995 at an average 23.4 degrees Brix, fermented in stainless steel, then aged 18 months in 60-gallon French and American oak barrels before being blended and bottled in July, 1997.
Over time, we have shifted our Syrah plantings from the warmer location of the home ranch to the more temperate regions of Yountville, Carneros and Monterey County. Grapes grown in these cooler areas enjoy a longer hang time yet do not become overripe, and wines made from them tend to be less tannic and astringent. The 1995 vintage produced Syrah grapes of exceptional flavor concentration and balance, and the wine is just beginning to reveal itself with aromas of red fruits, dried flowers, a subtle mocha component and hints of oak. Framed with ripe tannins, the youthful flavors and persistent finish indicate a long life ahead. We recommend serving the 1995 Syrah with grilled meats, stews or hearty chicken dishes.