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2009

Syrah

Kick Ranch Vineyard
Sonoma County

Dense violet/ruby in color, it is vibrantly floral and earthy on the nose. A burst of ripe, juicy black plum, blueberry and sweet tobacco introduces a palate heady with nuances of anise, thyme, sweet tobacco and leather. As fruit and savory flavors meld through the mid-palate, a hint of toasted vanilla bean and citrus oil adds dimension as big, ripe tannins confirm the wine's muscularity and age-worthiness over the finish.

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Harvest Date October 26

Growing Season 2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing conditions. The well-set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop. The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 6-day cold soak, 18 days total maceration
• Hand-punched cap
• Native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 18 months in Francois Frères and Remond French oak barrels; 63% new
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled April 2011

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