Argot the Opening Salvo Bennett Valley 2008
The 2008 growing season in Bennett Valley was long, moderate and nearly perfect for Syrah. A perfectly timed heat spike to kick start ripening was followed by a seemingly never-ending Indian Summer, allowing for harvest to occur at our leisure. Further, we campaigned, pleaded, prodded and cajoled our growers into allowing us (the newcomers) to take over 2 distinct, highly coveted, one-acre blocks of Syrah, which we proceeded to meticulously farm the living daylights out of. At the time, there were occasional doubts for our sanity, due to the amount of time we were spending in the vineyard. But after the dust settled, and the blood, sweat and tears were washed away, it became apparent that the juice resting in barrel had all the makings of something quite special. The only caveat, patience would be a necessity...and wait we did. In its immediate youth, The Opening Salvo was an absolute GIANT--all freakish power, massive intensity and raw muscle--a uncut diamond in need of polish. The glacial pace of barrel aging can be maddeningly slow, but it is just this pokiness that invokes the truly wonderful and magical change witnessed by a wine raised in oak. Month after month, year after year, we waited--frustrating at best, infuriating at worst. As harvests came and harvests went, we began to observe the edges smoothing, tannins polishing, and the wine concentrating its power and gaining in elegance. Finally in March of 2011, as the 2010s wound down their percolations, a routine barrel sampling was anything but. It was time. After cobbling together a bottling date, glass, corks and printing the label The Opening Salvo was finally awoken from its barrel slumber and bottled in May of 2011 for the fall release. A massive wine with blush-incuding levels of depth, concentration and structure--everything in its right place. No sense in flavor descriptors, as no two tasters have reached a consensus short of 'wow'. The Opening Salvo will certainly deliver immense pleasure if enjoyed in the near term (please! Please!! PLEASE!!! decant) but, personally, we're saving a good chunk of our stash for the future.
Wow. There isn't much more that needs to be said about this wine. A truly masterful Syrah. Gobs of black cherry, black and blueberry, clove, cinnamon, tobacco, black pepper, cocoa, earth...it goes on and on. Nearly perfect balance and a finish that seems to last forever.
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Aged 30 months in French Oak.
Notes: 100% New French Oak