2008 Syrah

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Varietal
Syrah
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100% Napa Valley Syrah from the Hyde Vineyard.

Harvest Dates
September 22, 2008
Winemaking Data

Grapes were harvested at an average 24.6o Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 18 months in a combination of new French oak barrels (50%) and two-year-old French oak (50%) from coopers Ermitage, François Frères, Sirugue and Saint Martin. The wine was bottled unfiltered in June 2010.

Winemaker Notes

Aromas of licorice, floral characteristics and subtle hints of white pepper layer the nose of the 2008 Syrah.  The juicy finish coats the palate with flavors of sweet black fruits and coffee, followed by fine grain tannins and an elegant, silky length.

Vintage Notes

The 2008 growing season began with lower than normal rainfall for the second year in a row, and the longest cold and frosty spring ever recorded since 1971.  May brought unusually high temperatures in the midst of bloom during the latter part of the month.  Such drastic weather changes lead to imbalances in the vine, especially at this important time in the life cycle, prompting flower fertilization to cease prematurely. Surprisingly this was a blessing in disguise leading to looser and lighter cluster formation and lowering overall yield in the Hyde Syrah. 

This natural thinning allowed adequate airflow within the clusters during maturation and also nicely balanced out the crop load on each vine. June, July and August proved to be months with consistently warm temperatures and led to even and healthy vine development. 
The overall heat accumulation for September and October was much higher than our 19-year average by 7 to 17 percent, respectively
Wine Notes (PDF)