Fife l'Attitude 2004
A Wine with Attitude This southern Rhône-style wine is a blend of old vine Carignane, Syrah, Grenache Noir, Petite Syrah and Mourvèdre. Grown on the sun-washed slopes of the Ukiah and Redwood Valleys (latitude 39º), these meridianal varieties feel right at home in Mendocino County. Longer daylight hours during the growing season, coupled with clear, warm days and cool nights, rocky, well-drained soils, and favorable exposures on the hillside slopes above the Russian River create a terroir comparable to many parts of the Rhône, the ancestral home of these varieties. On the Palate Black fruit contributions from Syrah combine with the intrigue of wild berries, licorice, bitter chocolate, espresso, plus the heady scents of wild herbs, wood spice and sunbaked stones. The inclusion of Carignane from Redwood Valley adds a ripe jamminess that "glues" all the other components together. Forward and lush this offering has a mature, sophisticated rich finish. There are hidden layers of flavors that step forward to dance with almost any food on the table. This wine is guaranteed to adjust your attitude. The Growing Season A damp spring led to a light crop. This set up a tremendous season in Mendocino County. There were many anxious moments but our well drained hillside soils with a light crop led to an early harvest which avoided any tricky end of season weather. We harvested fruit with excellent flavors and concentration and made some our best wines to date. The Gentle Art of Winemaking Our winemaking philosophy is simpleobtain grapes with personality, handle them minimally, then focus on blending to bring out nuance and character in the wine. We depend on the vineyard to create the fruit, the density and the concentration. In the winemaking we seek to assure balance, elegance, texture and length of flavor. Varietal composition: carignane, syrah, grenache noir, petite syrah, mourvèdre Alcohol: 14.5% Cases Produced: 800 cases
Fife Vineyards is a small, family-operated winery producing wines that express their terroir and a European sensibility. They are food-friendly wines based on red Bordeaux, Rhône and Zinfandel varietals. We strive to avoid over-ripeness, excess oak and high alcohol, which we believe would mask the unique terroir driven flavors of our wines.
A very interesting wine that is bone dry and a bit tannic. Let it breathe for a while, as the fruit opens up (cherry/berry) and the tannins settle.
Holding strong. Loads of maturing tannin with fruit and oak on center stage. Nice red for cold nights.