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Bald Mountain Ranch Syrah

Bald Mountain Ranch Syrah Wine Details

Description: Bald Mountain Vineyard sits atop the Mayacama Mountain range between Mt. Hood and Mt. Veeder. This dry-farmed, terraced vineyard ranges in elevation between 1900 and 2100 feet, and lies within the three separate appellations: Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley and Mt. Veeder. Both night and day, temperatures tend to be lower than in the valley with the caveat that when the valley is fogged in, the vineyard is likely clear and sunny. The 2003 Bald Mountain Syrah is deep purple in color and very intense in aroma. Aromas begin with blackberry and follow through with black pepper and chocolate spice. There are also intense toasty oak and sweet vanilla aromas adding complexity. The mouth-feel is big and juicy with ripe lingering tannins on the finish.

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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