Preston of Dry Creek Valley Syrah Blend Dry Creek Valley Syrah-Sirah 2004
The Wine We have a long history of blending Syrah and Petite Sirah. Purists may not forgive my alliterative companionship of the two, but by golly the two grapes sounded alike so 25 years ago I planted them side by side and proceeded to combine them in the bottle. Serendipity in your glass. The fleshy tannins, satsuma plummyness and animal growl of the first married beautifully with the grit, gumption and black cherry of the latter to make a rich, deep and long-aging red with both French and California breeding. The Vines The Syrah portion of this wine comes from the Vogensen Ranch and used to be labeled "Vogensen Bench Syrah". It resides on a gravelly knoll with a lookout to the cooling air drain of the Pena gorge. It's always more intense than our other Syrahs. The Petite Sirah this year comes from an adjacent block on the same ranch, but in the future its provenance will be opportunistic as we look for just the right balance in the final wine. It's all estate grown of course. Thoughts For Food Having just returned from Italy in the truffle season I think it right to suggest agnolotti stuffed with ground wild boar and bitter greens, a light butter and herb sauce, topped with generous shavings of those marvelous fungii. The musty aromas will knock you over until your first accompanying inhale of Syrah-Sirah. Then it's bliss. Technical Data Varietals:65% Syrah, 35% Petite Sirah Vintage: 2004 Estate Grapes: 100% Year Planted: 1990 Soil: Gravel Benchland Oak: French, 18 months Alcohol By Volume: 14.5% Bottling Date: 05/06/06 Release Date: 07/05/06 Total Cases: 940 CA Retail: 25.00 Aging Potential 15 years from vintage
Primary fruit is less apparent now. Still lots of blueberry, blackberry, spice and chocolate, but I would agree that this isn't a wine to hold for more than another year or two.
Yummy plum blossom aromas with garrigue notes. Boysenberry, blackberry, and plum fruit flavors. Spicy and leathery notes in the finish. I liked the combination.
Food Pairings for Preston of Dry Creek Valley Syrah Blend Dry Creek Valley Syrah-Sirah
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