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Bassetti Vineyards Madolyn Syrah 2003

Region: USA » California

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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Bassetti Vineyards:
In the summer of 1998 we planted the first seven acres of our vineyard. With the guidance of John Alban, of Alban Vineyards, we ripped the soil, terraced it, and planted seven acres of Syrah grapes. This is a rocky knoll that is different than any of the remaining land. Being steep and rocky gives it very good drainage that makes it well suited to the Syrah. This location is close to the ocea... Read more
In the summer of 1998 we planted the first seven acres of our vineyard. With the guidance of John Alban, of Alban Vineyards, we ripped the soil, terraced it, and planted seven acres of Syrah grapes. This is a rocky knoll that is different than any of the remaining land. Being steep and rocky gives it very good drainage that makes it well suited to the Syrah. This location is close to the ocean, and is cool and mild in the summer months. We have a lot of days in the high 80’s and 90 degrees with just a handful of 100’s. Between these 80’s, 90’s and 100’s we will get days of 70’s to cool things off. At night we always cool down. With this location, our fruit will ripen later than the inland fruit, and the cooler, moist climate will produce more intense, darker color. In 2000 we planted six more acres of Syrah. This planting included two different types of Syrah. The soil is deep, dark and rich. The vines will produce lots of vigor and will need to be pruned carefully to limit the amount of foliage. In 2004 another two acres were planted with Syrah. We are expecting great grapes from both of these plantings. Syrah grapes are small to medium in size. Bunches are medium sized and compact. The wine is a deep, dark color that has a peppery, fruity flavor with medium tannins. Syrah goes well with rare, red meats, lamb, dark fleshed game, and meaty stews of beef or rich beef casseroles. This aromatic full bodied red wine teams up well with cold meats, liver, wild mushroom dishes and hard cheeses. Syrah is grown in a multitude of locations in California, from cool coastal climates to hot interior valleys. Syrah is grown with different degrees of success. In our climate, we have to thin the fruit aggressively to make sure we can get the fruit to ripen. Even doing this, we still do not harvest until late in October to mid or late November. The harvest of 2000 produced our first substantial amount of grapes. Most of the fruit went to Edmond St. John winery in Berkeley California. We saved enough grapes to have a barrel made at Alban Vineyards. This was bottled in May 2002, and we were really able to appreciate the benefits of our hard work. Mat Garretson & Bassetti Vineyards produced one barrel of the 2000 vintage for the Hospice du Rhone barrel auction. The 2001 harvest produced a larger crop. We saved enough grapes for four barrels that were processed at Alban Vineyards. The 2002 harvest was a little smaller due to a variety of reasons. We saved enough grapes for four barrels that were again processed by Alban Vineyards. The harvest of 2000 produced our first substantial amount of grapes. Most of the fruit went to Edmond St. John winery in Berkeley California. We saved enough grapes to have a barrel made at Alban Vineyards. This was bottled in May 2002, and we were really able to appreciate the benefits of our hard work. Mat Garretson & Bassetti Vineyards produced one barrel of the 2000 vintage for the Hospice du Rhone barrel auction. It was well received and was one of the barrels to garner high bids. Sold in two 1-case lots, one 6-case lot and one 12-case lot, this 2000 Syrah brought in almost $6500 to the auction. The 2001 harvest produced a larger crop. We saved enough grapes for four barrels that were processed at Alban Vineyards. The 2002 harvest was a little smaller due to a variety of reasons. We saved enough grapes for four barrels that were again processed by Alban Vineyards. 2003 brought a larger harvest as the new five acre plantings were now producing. We were able to produce six barrels of Syrah wine from the grapes we kept from this harvest. We made this wine at Garretson Wine Company in Paso Robles. The 2004 harvest was great, as the five acre vineyard was in full production. We were able to produce 8 barrels this year. 160 cases of the 2004 were bottled in August of 2006. The 2005 harvest was a long one. 2006 brought a lighter than normal harvest for most of the California vineyards, and ours was no exception. We sold fewer grapes and kept enough to produce 11 barrels. We are making our wine at Denner Vineyards in Paso Robles beginning with the 2006 harvest. Read less


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