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Kongsgaard Napa Valley Syrah

Kongsgaard Napa Valley Syrah Wine Details

Description: Kongsgaard Napa Valley Syrah is the result of a very gratifying viticultural relationship with the exceptional Carneros grower, Lee Hudson. Hudson has three acres of volcanic soil (unusual in the Carneros) committed to Syrah, which bear fruit of unique intensity when thinned to one cluster per shoot. Harvested with mature, silky tannins, the wine macerates six weeks with the skins in the fermentation tank for full extraction of the white pepper, violets, and dark chocolate character typical of the noble Syrah. After evolving for two years in French oak barrels (fifty percent new), and only two rackings, the Kongsgaard Syrah is bottled without filtration or fining. The wine is expected to evolve in the bottle for decades and warrants aerative decanting if served young.

Varietal Definition
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


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