October 8, 2015
Harvest Brix 21.1˚
9 months Hungarian oak a blend of new and neutral barrels
August 24, 2016
An elegant wine brimming with dark fruit, spice and earth with a velvety palate of mulberry, pepper and mocha.
February went on the record as the coldest in central NY and winter passed slowly into a cool spring with several frosty mornings though with little consequence to the vineyards. May through July were humid and featured torrential downpours. As has been the case the last few years, a warm and sunny September has made this wine grape harvest one of the best in recent memory providing above average temperatures and dry conditions which allowed the grapes to ripen and maintain excellent integrity.
Pressed off on October 19th at dryness. Fermented in one ton open top bins, punched downs three times a day. Barrel aged, no racking, monthly topping, filtered before bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
This dry Syrah will complement grilled eggplant, a hearty beef stew, or a classic French cassoulet of pork sausages and duck.
Native to France’s Rhone Valley, Syrah has has found a home on the shale covered hillsides of Seneca Lake.