50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Dry Creek Valley
On Lytton Estate there are five small blocks of syrah and four of grenache, ranging in age from six to one hundred years. After selecting the lots for the limited syrah and grenache bottlings, we returned the rest to barrel. In January 2003 we tasted again, and found a blend of these remaining wines to be much finer than any of the individual lots. At harvest, both varietals had been destemmed, but not crushed, and fermented on their natural yeasts. After an uninoculated (natural) secondary fermentation, they were aged in air-dried american oak barrels—only eight percent of which were new, the rest two to six years old. Combined after fifteen months, then given four more months in barrel, this excellent wine has begun to soften. It will continue to develop complexity, and will be at its best over the next five to ten years.
Average Rating: 89.9
No. of Tasting Notes: 27
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