2003 Russian River Valley Syrah
Russian River Valley Syrah
T.A.: 0.621 g/100mL
Cases Produced: 126
been on the prowl for a few years for a high quality syrah grower
in the Russian River Valley when we were fortuitously hooked
up with the grower of this small vineyard. Although his fruit
was under contract with another large producer, he agreed to
"sneak" us a bit on the side. We were so pleased with the results
that we asked him to plant two acres of syrah strictly for Carlisle.
It will be all clone 470 with a small amount of viognier for
optional co-fermentation. First significant fruit from this
"Carlisle" block should be in 2007. We can't wait!!! But in
the mean time, shhh! It's a secret!
Tasting Note: Very dark ruby.
An appealing nose blackberry, plum, peach, anise, and mocha.
Many who tried this from barrel were convinced there must be
viognier in the mix but it is indeed 100% syrah. Smooth and
supple on entry. Quite full-bodied with a mildly tannic finish.
Although approachable now, there's plenty of structure to ensure
ample bottle development. Drink from mid 2006 through 2010.
(MRO - 8/7/05)
Suggested Retail: $33 - Sold
Release Date: Fall 2005