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Page Springs Estate Vineyard Syrah -- Ano Fresco

Page Springs Estate Vineyard Syrah -- Ano Fresco Wine Details

Description: "Ano Fresco," or cool year, pays homage to our 2008 vintage. It rained almost non-stop for 6 weeks, thus cooling ripening conditions significantly. In the previous two years, our Estate Syrah was a fairly dark, tannic wine with a healthy amount of concentration. The cooler conditions gave birth to a wine that largely diverges from its predecessors. (We weren't sure about bottling this, but thought the imbiber would enjoy seeing how climate starkly affects a wine). Beautiful, silky and almost Pinot Noir-like, this Syrah melts in your mouth as cherry, orange pekoe tea and rose hips wash over your taste buds.

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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