Fiftyrow Syrah "Spring Mountain" 2006
THE WINEMAKER Gary grew up playing in the vineyards on the street which bears his family name, Galleron Road. His grandparents, French immigrants, settled in the Napa Valley in 1918 and began the winegrowing legacy that Gary maintains today. Gary first started up the winemaking ladder at Chateau Montelena under the guidance of Mike Grgich. Since then, Gary has gone on to produce world-class, award-winning wines for the most prestigious names in the Napa Valley including Whitehall Lane, Grace Family, Hartwell, Vineyard 29, Del Dotto, Seavey, and S. Anderson.
I hate to overuse words like “pretty” when describing a wine, but there’s no other way to describe the nose on the inky-black Fiftyrow Syrah. Musky black fruit and dried spices on the nose showing a fairly serious perfume. No exaggeration, I actually had to make sure I wasn’t actually smelling my own aftershave when first sticking my nose into the glass. True story. It backs off a little on the palate. Still with concentrated cassis and spice holding its own, but also with a little redcurrant compote, damp soil, slate, and well integrated oak. Not overblown and heavy, neither is it California masquerading as Rhone, instead it strikes a perfect balance between the two. I’ve tasted very few Syrah’s outside of the Rhone that I would consider sizably age-worthy, but I’d definitely put the Fiftyrow in that category. My advice is to buy a few, drink one as soon as you get in and put the rest in storage for a few years.
Food Pairings for Fiftyrow Syrah "Spring Mountain"
Reminding me of my many trips to the Rhône region, this dense inky/purple wine shows flavors of black fruits, cassis, licorice, plenty of graphite, and earth characteristics. This superexotic, hedonistic wine possesses an incredible level of concentration. It should drink beautifully for 10-12 years.
152 cases produced.
Aged 26 months in French Oak.
Notes: Aged in 100% New French Oak for 26 months