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2006

Syrah

Kick Ranch Vineyard
Sonoma County

Saturated crimson-violet color and a nose of ripe berry, smoke and black pepper set the stage for a wine that is big and bold in character but elegant, well-balanced and silky in texture. The palate opens with dense flavors of red currant and blackberry, complemented by notes of thyme, bacon fat and graphite. The finish is long and velvety, exhibiting fine, ripe tannins accented by balanced acidity and white pepper. Alcohol 15.4%

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95 points Wine Advocate

“Performing better out of bottle than it did last year from barrel.  Tasting like a top-notch Hermitage, it exhibits notes of charcoal, crushed rocks, roasted meat, creme de cassis, camphor, and a hit of truffles.  This packed and stacked, full-bodied Syrah possesses super-refined tannins, vibrant acidity, and stunning weight as well as richness.  It is a big, northern Rhone look-alike that should drink well for 10-15 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

93 points Wine Spectator

“Beautifully crafted, this strikes a great balance between richness, complexity, depth and elegance, with ripe, vivid blackberry, wild berry and huckleberry fruit that’s fleshy and concentrated, with a long, persistent finish.  There are also lots of spice, pepper and mineral notes.  Drink now though 2013. ”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 30

Growing Season 2006 was slightly cooler overall than 2005 and began with delayed bud break due to a long, wet spring. The weather warmed in May, continuing through summer and into fall to provide the extended growing season needed for fruit to ripen fully.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5 day cold soak, 21 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 75% new
• Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah
• Unfined, unfiltered, bottled in March 2008

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