2010 Monticello Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah
Print: Tasting NotesThis is a big, bold wine. The color is very dark as we typically find with our estate grown Syrah and is a good indication of the extraction of this wine. The aromas are quite intriguing, offering dark ripe berry fruit and loads of spice and vanillin oak. This richness carries across to the palate where the full-bodied wine expresses a long, spicy finish. The balance of the French and Virginian oaks used in the aging adds another layer of interest to the already deeply layered wine. – Chris Corley, Winemaker
Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
North Block, East End, Clone 174 & 470
Pleasanton and Yolo Series Loam Soils
The 100% Syrah grows in a small block at our Knollwood Vineyard in Oak Knoll District. This section has generally produced the most complex and deeply textured Syrahs. We harvested this fruit on October 16, 2010, then hand-sorted and crushed the fruit into small fermenting bins. The bins were punched down by hand, and after 16 days on the skins, the fruit was pressed off to new barrels. The wine was aged in 100% new oak barrels for 28 months prior to bottling.
Drink Now through 2020.
Oak – 18 M onths in 100% New Oak (5 0% French / 50 % Virginian)
Alcohol - 14.2%
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