Though less exacting than 2008, the 2007 vintage nonetheless had one big trick up its sleeve. Nearly perfect weather from April through August gave the impression that the 2007 harvest would be a rare luxury – easy and languid, with grapes ripening right on schedule. As September rolled around, our excitement built as we simply waited for a touch of Indian summer. Instead, we were treated to three weeks of cool rain that put the brakes on flavor development. We had no alternative but to wait and hope that the weather would improve, and by mid-October, it finally did. Two weeks of temperatures in the 80’s, a drying wind, and another two weeks in the mid 70’s brought our vineyards back to life. Grapes that had tasted watery during the early October rains were suddenly bursting with flavor in November and ready to be picked. The harvest was compressed, with 80% of our fruit picked in a narrow November window of less than three weeks. As we have tasted the wines during their élévage in our caves, we have been thrilled to find that they are wines of a classic nature, elegant yet concentrated, with both purity and intensity of fruit.

The 2007 Syrah opens with enticing brambly and spicy aromas, subtle floral notes and a hint of meatiness. In the mouth, a blue fruit character emerges ranging from blueberry syrup to candied cherries, while subtle hints of salt water taffy and caramel add dimension. The texture is silky and soft, with tannins that are present but fully integrated. With its brambly and spicy notes, it would pair beautifully with wild game, aged cheeses, or the wild mushrooms of springtime.

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2007
Harvest: October 2007
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling: February 2009
Production: 936 cases
Release Date: May 2009
Price: $60.00
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Reviews

  • Wine Spectator: February 2010
    Rating: 92

    Firm, rich and intense, with loamy earth, dried berry, plum, anise and mineral flavors that are taut, full-bodied, complex and concentrated, framed by structured tannins. Drink now through 2017. 936 cases made