2006 Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah
The Fenaughty Vineyard exemplifies why we believe the Sierra Foothills can produce world class Syrah on those rugged, granite mountains. Many winemakers with far more experience than us have blended Fenaughty with Wylie, another El Dorado Syrah vineyard we are now producing. However we continue to believe Fenaughty can (and should) stand alone. We sorted, de-stemmed and then did an old fashion pigeage a pied (foot stomping) to gently obtain the desired level of crushing. We fermented in 500L open top oak vats, punched down by hand, and both primary and MLF occurred without inoculation. The wine stayed sur lie for 12 months when it was racked and returned to barrel for the final 8 months of aging until it was bottled unfiltered.
The color is a ruby-violet and the wine is an elegant, nuanced and complex Syrah of outstanding character . On the nose spice, smoke and leather unveil a beautiful core of dark fruits like black cherry, blueberry, and freshly baked blackberry pie. With time to breathe additional aromas of fresh meat, forest floor and fresh cut wood evolve. The mouth is smooth and balanced with soft yet well structured tannins that show off with a long and lingering finish.
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