Steele Syrah Lake County 2009 (375 ml) (375ml)
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After many years of close observation we decided to plant Syrah in Lake County. This decision has been affirmed as each vintage has rewarded us with great fruit. Five growers made the initial plantings, and of these, two have stood out as superior vineyard sites. Stymie Bench Vineyard the benches to the west on the Big Valley between Kelseyville and Lakeport and Don and Betty Fiora’s Vineyard have a picture postcard Syrah vines well to the southeast of Clear Lake. Both of these vineyards produce wines of intense color, flavor and structure. We find the friendly competition between growers for the best wine of the vintage to be a healthy thing.
All of the fruit is hand harvested and quickly delivered to the winery. The grapes are de-stemmed and gently crushed to tanks for fermentation. Temperatures peak at 87-90º F. Fermentation lasts six to seven days and the grapes are on the skins for a minimum of two weeks. After pressing the wine is placed into barrels with oak from Oregon, Hungary and the Eastern United States. We like to have about 30% of the barrels new.
This is a very robust and intense style of Syrah. The tannins are firm and chalky, the flavor is of crushed black fruits, and the aroma has the dusty, spicy with notes of prosciutto, which are classic characters for Syrah. Well worth cellaring, this wine will reward someone patient enough to wait a few years to drink it.