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Tolosa Winery Syrah Vin de Table Français 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

One of the characteristics of a great red wine is that you don’t have to do all that much winemaking. Most of the quality of red wine is formed in the vineyard, and the better the vintage the less you have to do. Such was the case with this 2008 Syrah. We pick at night to control the temperature of the fruit when it gets destemmed into the tank. The wine is allowed to start fermentation and then drained off the skins when the flavor and structure of the wine seem correct. In most cases this is 12-18 days. We use only the free draining wine for Tolosa. The lesser press wine is sold off for fear it will diminish the purity and dull the flavors of the final bottling. We age in mostly older French oak barrels for 16 months.

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Tolosa WInery:
Tolosa Winery is a solar, sustainable estate winery located in the San Luis Obispo, on the central coast of California. We specialize in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which thrive in cooler climates.

Tasting Notes:

It is big and very dark carnelian in hue. The aromas are exuberant with black pepper, bramble, plum and BBQ sauce the dominant notes. The flavors in the mouth are sweet and plum like with even smooth tannins and a lingering note of cedar and earth. Its best days are ahead of it and it will be at a youthful peak between 2011 and 2014.

One of the characteristics of a great red wine is that you don’t have to do all that much winemaking. Most of the quality of red wine is formed in the vineyard, and the better the vintage the less you have to do. Such was the case with this 2008 Syrah. We pick at night to control the temperature of the fruit when it gets destemmed into the tank. The wine is allowed to start fermentation and then drained off the skins when the flavor and structure of the wine seem correct. In most cases this is 12-18 days. We use only the free draining wine for Tolosa. The lesser press wine is sold off for fear it will diminish the purity and dull the flavors of the final bottling. We age in mostly older French oak barrels for 16 months.

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Dietary Information: Vegan, Certified Sustainable

575 cases produced.

Closure: Composite Cork (Diam)

Aged 16 months in French Oak.

Notes: 16% New

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.75
Sugar: 26 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.3 grams per liter

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