Syrah Verna's Vyd 2012

Balanced and harmonious with dark red stone fruit, spice, mint, and lavender nuance.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of dark fruit, woodsmoke, and espresso are lifted by black pepper and allspice. Dense, sweet, and smoky flavors of cassis, bitter cherry, and floral pastille. Very good energy on the youthfully tannic, but persistently sweet finish.

Food Pairing

Grilled butterflied leg of lamb with rosemary and charcuterie.

Tech Details

Hand-harvested in mid-November from the sandy soil of Verna’s Vineyard on Cat’s Canyon, which is owned by Melville and farmed by Chad's brother, Brent. 25% whole-cluster fermentation and pressed with an ultra-gentle stainless steel basket press in an 8-hour cycle. Fermented in small lots (2 tons) with native yeast only. Year-round barrel maturation at 55 degrees. No fining, no filtering, and only 1 racking and 1 SO2 addition prior to bottling. Aged for 24 months in 100% neutral oak and 12 months in bottle.
Varietal Composition:
100% Syrah
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