2016 Fall Arts, Syrah

2016 Fall Arts, Syrah
2016 Fall Arts, Syrah

Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA

Tasting notes

A rare bottling produced exclusively for the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.  Smooth and concentrated, the wine exudes classic aromas of black currant, ripe Bing cherry and blackberry, followed on the palate by notes of smoked game and sweet vanilla.  The perfect wine for game meats, hearty pasta and savory grilled meats.

Production notes

Harvest 2016

The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season in Sonoma, CA and it started out as the previous four vintages with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in this growing season was cooler temperatures in late February and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jump-started the ripening process. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.

Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationDry Creek Valley
VineyardGreen Pastures
Residual Sugar<0
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced50
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