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Peay Vineyards Les Titans Estate Syrah

Peay Vineyards Les Titans Estate Syrah Wine Details
Price: $45.00 per bottle

Description: The cuvée name, Les Titans ("the Giants"), refers to two enormous and ancient redwood trees left by loggers over 100 years ago that flank the blocks of Syrah. The 2005 is a blend of Estrella, UCD1 and Côte Rôtie picked on November 1st-5th. It was aged for 15 months in 31% new Cadus, Ermitage and François Frères French barriques. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Though it shares some of the vintage imprints evident in the 2005 La Bruma Estate Syrah, the 2005 Les Titans Estate Syrah has more fruit and is a "bigger" wine. The nose has a clear note of meatiness (roasted lamb or fennel sausage) and graphite. The mouth hints at youthful flavors of vanilla and blueberry with a true depth of fruit in the mid-palate. As Les Titans opens, meaty, bloody, iron aromas undergird a deep red fruit core with accents of black pepper, brown spices and anise. The tannins are more evident than in La Bruma though silky. Tobacco and fennel linger on the medium to long finish. This is also a very exciting wine and will cellar well. Decant for one hour. I recommend waiting for a few years before trying your first bottle. I would expect the ideal drinking window is 5-9 years from vintage.

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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