Varietal: 100% Syrah
Production: 196 cases, 60 magnums, 21 jeros
Viti/Vini: 2012 was an outstanding year in the Finger Lakes. A near perfect summer, followed by a warm, balanced fall produced healthy, clean fruit, giving growers and winemakers the ability to allow the fruit to hang. This produced grapes of exceptional ripeness. Hand-harvested and hand-sorted before manual crushing with 100% whole cluster fermentation. 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 24 months.
Tasting Note: Significantly riper and more opulent in style than the 2011, this will appeal to those who like a bigger, rounder style. Blackberry, black plum and black currant all mix on the nose, with a touch of black olive, and black pepper spice. The bacon fat, smoked meat component in this wine rounds out and balances the fruit, and the texture is open and opulent. This wine is showing great right now and will continue to develop in the long term.