Syrah Estate 2004
The Bridlewood Estate Syrah is designed to show what proper site selection, old world wine making techniques and new world vineyard management can do to distinguish our Estates terrior. All estate wines are harvested under winemaker David Hopkins direction, de-stemmed without crushing berries into open top fermenters. David then uses a variety of punch down regimes during of fermentation along with designer yeast, various fermentation temperatures schemes and timing of ML inoculations. The wines are gently pressed using a basket press set to 0.8 bars pressure. After settling for 72 hours, the wine is racked to a mixture of small French oak barrels that have been selected to showcase the wines natural flavors that exhibit our vineyard terrior. Aging, fining, and racking are lot specific with the final cuvee assembled between 20 and 24 months after harvest.FLAVOR PROFILE:AROMAS:Tight upon uncorking, the Estate Syrah slowly emerges with hints of vanilla and coco powder framed by spicy oak that gives way to deep dark floral accents. Once decanted or permitted time to breathe, the Estate Syrah develops dark cassis, violets and licorice notes with hints of mocha. A beautiful wine with balancing fruit, spice and oak.FLAVORS:As with the aromas, the flavors of this wine remain hidden until developed through exposure to air. Starting with dark fruit flavors of cassis and dried black fruit, a mocha and dark chocolate layer emerges and melds with these fruit flavors providing deep, mouth filling flavors. Full of soft, chewy tannins, the fruit characters are enhanced by a moderate licorice and herbal spice which carry through the long mid-palette to a lingering finish. This wine will continue to improve over the next 2 years and can be cellared up to 5 years.BLEND COMPOSITION:99% Syrah1% Petite Sirah100 % Bridlewood EstateBOTTLING ANALYSIS:ALC: 14.4 % Cases Produced: 658
Very good, full body, smooth. Cherry and vanilla notes. Big but not sooo big you can't have more than 2 glasses. Great with a variety of tapas.
I had this yummy wine with some ribs at our favorite hamburger joint...I LOVED IT (and I'm a pinot noir drinker!) It is a little bit dark, with berry and delish notes of tarty fruit...but not overly strong. I just did a big search for it and ordered a whole bunch! ENJOY!
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