Varietal: 100% Syrah
Production: 235 cases
Viti/Vini: 2010 was a near perfect classic vintage in the Finger Lakes. A wonderful summer and a moderate fall gave clean, ripe, and elegant fruit. This was hand-harvested and hand-sorted. Roughly 60% were whole clusters with the remainder destemmed. Spontaneous ferment, with no additions or additives, and no SO2 until malolactic finished. After basket pressing and a short settling, the wine was aged in neutral 500 liter French oak for 30 months on their lees. While this wine is not from a blend of varieties, it was selected as a blend of our favorite barrels of Syrah that we felt best represented the character of the Finger Lakes without the varietal identity obscuring that sense of place.
Tasting Note: Red and black fruits mix on the nose, with impressions of cherries, plum skin, and blackberries mixed with a slightly herbaceous and earthy note. The palate is focused but complex, bringing green herbal notes in balance with the core of fruit and turned earth characteristics. Just a touch of pepper and olive come out on the finish, and keep the wine centered. The acid is present and the tannins are round and resolved. This wine is just beginning to show evolution, and will age well over the next decade.
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