Pair this big, full-bodied wine with rich sauces and hearty flavors.Syrah, which developed its reputation in the dry, continental climate of the Rhone Valley, tends to favor warm growing areas that develop the dark fruit and fine spices that make this varietal so memorable. To capture such a profile, we sourced our fruit from vineyards throughout Lodi, Paso Robles and Solano. Here, temperatures heat up considerably during the day, allowing the rich sugars to develop, and then cool off again at night, maintaining fine acids and well-balanced flavors.The Syrah for our Cuvee blend was harvested in small lots and fermented individually. Upon completion of fermentation, we evaluated the unique profile of each lot and selected a blend that would give us the complexity and heartiness we desired. To open up the spice component and add a dollop of fruit, we blended in approximately four percent Viognier, a common blending partner in Cote-Rotie. We used mostly neutral oak, 50 percent French and 50 percent American, to lend a touch of barrel character while keeping the wine approachable up front.
Dark and rustic, our Syrah Cuvée shows a distinctly old-world profile. Classic Rhône-style characteristics of meat, leather and spice are married with the native richness of California fruit. Black-cherry and currant aromas carry meaty soy notes and high spices in the nose. The intensity of the fruit comes through on the palate, with juicy layers of boysenberry, cassis, dark plum and a touch of anise. This smooth, succulent palate is wrapped up with grippy tannins that hold the flavors for a lengthy, satisfying finish.
A full-bodied wine with incredible depth and layers of black fruit, smoke, lavender, herbs de Provence, and a silky touch of vanilla bean that adds to the beautiful finish. This is a great food wine; equally at home with pizza and burgers as it is with steak or veal chops.
The fruit is sourced from various vineyards and always shows bright color, ripe blueberry and plum notes, medium body and a clean fruity finish. The perfect BBQ wine!