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2007 Carlisle Syrah Dry Creek Valley

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Mike Officeer - 2007 Dry Creek Valley Syrah - 2009 Winter Pre-Release letter
2007 Dry Creek Valley Syrah
Okay, I'll fess up. We've experimented a lot with our Dry Creek Syrah over the years. We've played with oak regimes, whole cluster fermentation, timing of pressing, etc, all in the name of trying to make the best wine possible. But in 2007 we took a different approach - blending! First, we co-fermented the syrah with about 2% viognier to increase aromatic complexity. Next, we found that 12% grenache from Ray Teldeschi's ranch did wonders for the texture. And finally, to complete the wine, 9% Pelkan Ranch syrah was included to increase mid-palate intensity. In the end, perhaps our most delicious, well-balanced Dry Creek Syrah to date. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Black ruby-purple. A perfumed nose of blackberry, cassis, and spring flowers (the viognier perhaps?) emerges from the glass. Full-bodied but like a welterweight champion, light on its feet thanks to healthy acidity and refreshing tannins on the finish. Drink this refined but authoritative syrah from release through 2015 (as you wait for the burly, uncivilized 2006 to gain some table manners!).

Last edited on 1/18/2009 by bubbachumps

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