Syrah Reserve 2005

Syrah 2005 ReserveAwards, Ratings & Reviews

95 Points & Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast
#54 of 100, Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2009

Winemaker Tasting Notes

The extremely dry cobbled soils of our estate’s South Face Block in southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley are the source of this Syrah’s extraordinary fruit extract, lush, broad texture and substantial length.

Complex aromas of crushed black fruit, plum, caramel, earth, and spice evolve with hints of smoke and roasted nuts.

Blackberries, meaty game, and black licorice saturate the palate followed by a rich finish with polished tannins and dense fruit.

This wine will continue to improve over the next seven to nine years. Try it with roasted venison and fennel bulbs with chèvre and pepperoncini glaze.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley

Appellation:  Southern Oregon AVA

Harvest date:  4, 16, 18, 24, 25 October 2005

Varietal Composition:  Syrah (98%), Viognier (2%), co-fermented

At harvest: Sugar; 25.2° brix   pH; 3.82   TA; 6.84 g/L

Cooperage: French (95%), American (5%), 5% new, 40% 2-yr old

At Bottling: Sugar; Nil

Bottling date: 9 Sept 2007

Case Production: 239 (750 mL)

Alcohol: 14.4% by volume

Release Date: 28 November 2008

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