Arrowood Syrah Sonoma Valley le Beau Melange 2005

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Arrowood 05 Syrah, Saralee Vineyard, Russian River Valley<br/><br/>94 Points - The Wine Advocate: Winemaker Dick Arrowood does an exemplary job with Syrah, even before it became popular. He co-ferments it with 3% Viognier, and the result is a dark ruby-purple colored wine with plenty of chocolaty blackberry fruit notes and spice. Its medium to full-bodied, super fresh and pure, with a sumptious texture.<br/><br/>This 05 Syrah benefits from decanting and it a perfect candidate for cellaring - should continue to evolve for the next 8 years.<br/><br/><strong>Winemakers Notes</strong><br/>There is a traditional winemaking technique long practiced in the Côte Rôtie appellation of the Rhône Valley. The local vignerons there will often co-ferment a small amount of Viognier with the Syrah to lift the aromatics and liven the texture. Turns out, the protocol works well in Sonoma County, too. Our 2005 Saralees Syrah is highly aromatic and very lively. The nose is a blend of dark fruit and pepper. The palate is dense and powerful with firm tannins and great balance. The wine is spicy, commanding and exotic. <br/><br/>Varietal Composition: 96% Syrah, co-fermented with 4% Viognier<br/>Appellation: Sonoma County<br/>Viticultural Area/Vineyard: Russian River Valley - Saralees Vineyard<br/>Harvest Dates: October 7 through October 17, 2005<br/>Average Sugar at Harvest: 26.0° Brix<br/>Average pH (Harvest/Bottling): 3.7/4.3<br/>Average Total Acid(Harvest/Bottling): .72g per 100ml/.57g per 100ml<br/>Fermentation/Aging: Aged in French oak barrels for 16 months; unfined, unfiltered<br/>Alcohol by Volume: 16%<br/>Release Date: April 2010<br/>Total Production: 1,091 cases <br/><br/>

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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wi... Read more
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for more than four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988. Read less

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Source: The Wine Closet
06/09/2010

Arrowood 05 Syrah, Saralee Vineyard, Russian River Valley 94 Points - The Wine Advocate: Winemaker Dick Arrowood does an exemplary job with Syrah, even before it became popular. He co-ferments it with 3% Viognier, and the result is a dark ruby-purple colored wine with plenty of chocolaty blackberry fruit notes and spice. Its medium to full-bodied, super fresh and pure, with a sumptious texture. This 05 Syrah benefits from decanting and it a perfect candidate for cellaring - should continue to evolve for the next 8 years. Winemakers Notes There is a traditional winemaking technique long practiced in the Côte Rôtie appellation of the Rhône Valley. The local vignerons there will often co-ferment a small amount of Viognier with the Syrah to lift the aromatics and liven the texture. Turns out, the protocol works well in Sonoma County, too. Our 2005 Saralees Syrah is highly aromatic and very lively. The nose is a blend of dark fruit and pepper. The palate is dense and powerful with firm tannins and great balance. The wine is spicy, commanding and exotic. Varietal Composition: 96% Syrah, co-fermented with 4% Viognier Appellation: Sonoma County Viticultural Area/Vineyard: Russian River Valley - Saralees Vineyard Harvest Dates: October 7 through October 17, 2005 Average Sugar at Harvest: 26.0° Brix Average pH (Harvest/Bottling): 3.7/4.3 Average Total Acid(Harvest/Bottling): .72g per 100ml/.57g per 100ml Fermentation/Aging: Aged in French oak barrels for 16 months; unfined, unfiltered Alcohol by Volume: 16% Release Date: April 2010 Total Production: 1,091 cases



Arrowood 05 Syrah, Saralee Vineyard, Russian River Valley<br/><br/>94 Points - The Wine Advocate: Winemaker Dick Arrowood does an exemplary job with Syrah, even before it became popular. He co-ferments it with 3% Viognier, and the result is a dark ruby-purple colored wine with plenty of chocolaty blackberry fruit notes and spice. Its medium to full-bodied, super fresh and pure, with a sumptious texture.<br/><br/>This 05 Syrah benefits from decanting and it a perfect candidate for cellaring - should continue to evolve for the next 8 years.<br/><br/><strong>Winemakers Notes</strong><br/>There is a traditional winemaking technique long practiced in the Côte Rôtie appellation of the Rhône Valley. The local vignerons there will often co-ferment a small amount of Viognier with the Syrah to lift the aromatics and liven the texture. Turns out, the protocol works well in Sonoma County, too. Our 2005 Saralees Syrah is highly aromatic and very lively. The nose is a blend of dark fruit and pepper. The palate is dense and powerful with firm tannins and great balance. The wine is spicy, commanding and exotic. <br/><br/>Varietal Composition: 96% Syrah, co-fermented with 4% Viognier<br/>Appellation: Sonoma County<br/>Viticultural Area/Vineyard: Russian River Valley - Saralees Vineyard<br/>Harvest Dates: October 7 through October 17, 2005<br/>Average Sugar at Harvest: 26.0° Brix<br/>Average pH (Harvest/Bottling): 3.7/4.3<br/>Average Total Acid(Harvest/Bottling): .72g per 100ml/.57g per 100ml<br/>Fermentation/Aging: Aged in French oak barrels for 16 months; unfined, unfiltered<br/>Alcohol by Volume: 16%<br/>Release Date: April 2010<br/>Total Production: 1,091 cases <br/><br/>

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