Syrah
2015 Clos Pegase Syrah, Napa Valley, 750ml

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Why You'll Love It

Dense ruby red with opaque core. The nose displays generous aromas of plums, thyme and touch of leather. On the palate the wine shows more red fruits, under lain by savory characters such as five spice, cedar and dried herbs. Subtle notes of game and cured meats add depth and complexity. All this surrounded by resonant tannins and delicious persistence.

Harvest Notes

Fruit from both of our Estate vineyards was harvested in the cool of the night, affording us the opportunity to achieve a natural prolonged cold soak period prior to the onset of fermentation; this practice allowed us to gently extract color and tannins from the grape skins during fermentation while eliminating harsher seed tannin extraction into the new wine. Extended maceration on the skins following primary fermentation further refined the ripe tannins and helped to stabilize color. After pressing, malolactic conversion occurred in barrel, and the wine received racking during élevage to aid in natural clarification and to round out its structure. The final blend was assembled in tank in late May of 2017 ahead of its bottling in early June of that year.

Winemaker Notes

The mild winter combined with substantial rains in February and March gave the vines a vigorous start. The late falling spring rains along with cool temperatures in May meant that fruit-set was reduced, naturally lowering the yield of fruit each vine produced. The weather started to warm up as spring moved into summer, providing our vineyards with the optimal climate to undergo veraison, where upon the grapes skins softened, natural grape acid declined, sugar was generated and the grape skins started to color. As harvest approached, the combination of warm days and cool nights ensured full physiological ripeness of the fruit both in terms of fruit flavor development and tannin maturity together with acidity retention so crucial for fine wine balance; however, because the peak daytime temperatures exceeded those in 2014, this vintage was one of the earliest in over a decade.