2010 Estate Syrah

This is the third vintage of Brittan Vineyards Syrah by Veteran Winemaker Robert Brittan, who has been making wine for over thirty-eight years. Robert developed a love for Rhone varietals during his tenure at Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa, where he served as General Manager and Winemaker for sixteen years. In 2004, Robert decided to leave Stags’ Leap and start a vineyard project in the cool climate of the North Willamette Valley. After a long search, he and Ellen purchased a 128-acre parcel Southwest of McMinnville. Robert selected this mountain site for its rugged, broken basalt, glacial deposits and volcanic soils on the edge of the Coastal Range in the McMinnville AVA, convinced that from this site he would be able to make wines that speak of this unique place.mensclub24.ru

The Syrah was planted in 2005, replacing two blocks of Pinot Meunier that had been planted by the previous vineyard owners. This part of the vineyard that have the heaviest concentration of broken basalt, resulting in low yielding vines that produce intense flavors and layers of complexity. The 2010 Syrah entices with a nose of black currant, black cherry, plum and cassis, along with a whisper of cardamom. Delivering all this and more, the wine enters the palate with a juicy attack of sweet black fruit, then smoothly transitions to a focused mid-palate, ending in a long, lingering finish of plums, blackberries and just a hint of licorice. This combination of black fruits and sweet spice, along with restrained acidity and balanced tannins makes it a wonderful wine to pair with grilled meats, braises and rich pasta dishes.

The fruit for the 2010 vintage was picked on November 2 and allowed to cold soak for five days before fermentation began. After fermentation, the wine was aged in French Oak barrels, approximately 35% new. The wine went through malo-lactic fermentation in barrel and was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.

Bottled:February 2012 Cases Produced:100