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2008

Syrah

Kick Ranch Vineyard
Sonoma County

Deep violet color and heady aromatics of blueberry, spice and fine white pepper are the intriguing introduction to this truly seductive syrah. A bold, viscous palate opens with flavors of fresh-picked blackberries and currants, savory accents and a hint of tar. Mocha, sage and minerals meld with firm tannins and bright acidity to create a complex, memorable finish.

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92 points Wine Spectator

“Firm, tight and concentrated, with a rich mix of loamy earth, dried currant and berry, mineral, sage and cedary oak. Full-bodied, fanning out nicely on the finish, where the tannins give the flavors traction. Best from 2012 through 2022. ”
James Laube

91 points International Wine Cellar

“Inky ruby.  Energetic blueberry and boysenberry aromas display an exotic hint of licorice and slow-building florality.  Taut, youthful black and blue fruits on the palate, with an exotic candied violet nuance on the back half.  Finishes sweet, sappy and long, with the blueberry note echoing.  This will be approachable in its youth.  ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 30 – October 10

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early bud break. Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest. A smaller crop of high quality fruit was able to ripen fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid. Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well-articulated flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 24 days total maceration
• Hand-punched cap
• Native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 18 months in Redoux and Francois Frères French oak barrels; 71% new
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled April 2010

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