Under Gerhard's watchful eyes, two friends in the neighborhood joined forces with us during the spring of 1999 and planted identical Syrah clones and rootstocks on their properties. The total acreage for these vineyards is just below two. This is now our seventh vintage from these exquisite vineyards that surround the picturesque Mt. George, an inactive volcano situated northeast of downtown Napa. Gerhard’s diligent farming and extreme crop thinning has led to this beautiful wine.
Vineyard: Delectus & Humble Vyds.
Appellation: Napa Valley
Composition: PS 3.5%, SY 96.5%
Case Production: 350
Barrel Aged: 22 Months
The nose is very organic and earthy. Remnants of oak tree bark and damp forest flora (moss & fern) are combined with dried marionberry and nutmeg. This syrah offers chewy and seamless tannins that saturate and linger on the mid-palate. Then sprinkle dust some white pepper to finish.
Reviews & Accolades
2004 Syrah, Mt. George Vineyard
92 Pts. – Wine Spectator
Smooth, rich and harmonious, with supple layers of blackberry, wild berry and boysenberry that are deep and well-focused, ending with a long, persistent finish that keeps revealing subtle fruit nuances. Drink now through 2011. February 2008).
2003 Syrah, Mt. George Vineyard
89 Pts. – Wine Spectator
Dark and intense, with firm mocha and espresso bean overtones to the ripe, beefy black cherry and blackberry flavors. Tightly focused, with hints of herb, tobacco leaf, sage and savory notes, with gritty tannins. Drink now through 2010. (December 31, 2005)