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Callioux & Coccinelle Vineyard Syrah

Callioux & Coccinelle Vineyard Syrah Wine Details

Description: This is our second vintage working with this truly amazing vineyard. Christophe Baron, the owner, has planted this own rooted syrah in some of rockiest vineyards we've seen outside of Chateauneuf du Pape. We have posted some pictures on our website that attempt to convey the rocky terrain. The wine is a unique expression of syrah and reflects its extreme environment. We fermented the syrah with 75% whole cluster which imparted the wine with great aromatics, texture and balance to the ripe fruit flavors. The wine was barrel aged in one third new French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Though interesting to taste now, we suggest cellaring until next spring for it to really show its potential. The 2001 is just starting to drink great now. (157 cases produced) Picholine olives, sage, violets, iron and spice mingle with plum and blackberry aromatics. This is one of the most complex syrahs we've made to date with layers of changing aromatics as the wine opens. The wine maintains suppleness and balance of texture on the pallet blending the white pepper, blackberry, cocoa and subtle violet flavors nicely with soft tannins and enough acidity to keep it all in balance. The finish is long with delicate smoke and mineral qualities.

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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