Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley 2008
• Ripe grapes were picked during the warmth of the day to start fermentation quickly, then crushed, destemmed and fermented for 7-8 days. • A combination of maceration techniques were used to bring out Syrah’s lush, concentrated character and minimize harsh tannins. • Approximately 80% of the wine made using pumpover technique, where the juice was pumped over the cap twice daily to extract color, aromas and flavors. • The remaining 20% of the wine was made by either gently punching down the cap for more rounded tannin extraction or fermented in a rotating tank to produce a more fruit-forward character in theb wine. • For the first time, the Columbia Valley Syrah was co-fermented with Viognier to produce a brighter and softer style of Syrah. • Aged for 18 months in American (16%) and French (16%) oak barrels, 32% new.
Food Pairings for Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley
The Columbia Valley Syrah is a soft, ripe Syrah with ripe berry fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla and brown sugar spice. The 2008 Syrah was co-fermented with Viognier for an even more accessible and fruit forward style of Syrah. This is an enjoyable, easy-to-drink red.
|Alcohol: 13.5%||pH: 3.91|
|Total Acidity: 0.5 grams per liter|
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