Home   Map   Blog Roll   WineCompass   Wine 101   My Compass 

Napa Valley Syrah

Napa Valley Syrah Wine Details
Price: $65.00 per bottle

Description: The spring and early summer of 2003 delivered weather full of promise for an exceptional vintage, and with patience through late summer events, the quality expectations were fulfilled. As occurred in the previous vintage, a two-week high heat and low humidity weather pattern at the end of September caused an early accumulation of high sugars and stressed vine canopies. Many winemakers once again scrambled to harvest as they did in the previous year. However, the under-ripe flavor and tannin profiles coupled with elevated acid levels in the grapes indicated it was best to let the fruit hang in spite of high brix. Delightfully, the tail end of September cooled off, bringing down the pseudo sugars (most actually dropped down 1 to 2 brix!) and allowing proper steady ripening. The following month of October was ideally modest and very even, helping our fruit reach optimum concentration of pigment, tannin, flavor, and Syrah varietal expression.

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.


Back to Buoncristiani Family Winery information