A polished and approachable Syrah with layers of aromas and flavors. The wine has a dark purple hue. Aromas of plum and black cherry were enhanced by 14% carbonic maceration, contributing blueberry, blackberry, cherry and violet nuances, all framed by vanillin oak. Loads of rich, dark fruit flavors fill the palate and carry through a long finish displaying firm well-integrated tannins
Wine: Syrah Vintage: 2000 Appellation: Alexander Valley Grape Varietal: 98% Syrah & 2% Viognier Barrel Regimen: Fermented in stainless steel, aged for 14 months in 85% French oak (15% new) and 15% American oak (10% new). Bottling Information: Cases Produced 6200 Release Date 3/1/2002 Analysis: Alcohol (by volume) 13.9% pH 3.65 Acid 0.55
Aromas on this first bottling of Syrah for Chateau Souverain start with blueberry, cassis black pepper and raspberry notes with hints of floral and spice. The mouthfeel is warm, supple and rich, with flavors of ripe berries, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla framing a core of lush fruit. This estate wine is designed to be approachable, yet have a sense of complexity and richness, allowing for development with bottle age.