2017 SYRAH
Wine Data

Appellation:   Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Syrah 98%, Viognier 2%

Alcohol:  14.0%

pH:  3.71

TA:  6.7 g/L

Size:  750ml

2017 SYRAH

Retail Price: $24.00

Our Syrah vineyards are located on the Wetzel Family Estate near the schoolhouse where the vines typically enjoy the warm days and cool nights that made the Alexander Valley famous.

We started producing Alexander Valley Vineyards Syrah in 1994. At that time we didn't grow thegrapes, instead Hank purchased the fruit from long time grower and hunting buddy AlexVyborny. That first Syrah led us to start planting Rhone varietals on our family-owned propertyin 1995, where our valley’s warm days and cool nights provide the perfect growing conditionsand location for these varietals. Today, we are well known for our classically styled, rich andaromatic Syrah.

2017 was a vintage of contrasts. Our ample rainfall in January and February allayed anydiscussion of drought, but winter rains were followed by a warm spring and many heat spikesthroughout the summer until we began picking the first lot in late August.

After harvest the Syrah was de-stemmed and cold soaked prior to fermentation to retain thebright berry flavors. The wine was aged for 16 months in 25% new French oak barrels. TheViognier ripened a bit later and Winemaker Kevin Hall whole cluster pressed the fruit, thenbarrel fermented the white wine in neutral French oak barrels. The Syrah and Viognier wereblended prior to bottling.

The 2017 Syrah is a deep purple wine with rich aromas of plum, violets, black cherry, vanilla,boysenberry and oak. The vintage is a classic with flavors of blackberry jam, black cherry, plum,white pepper and vanilla. In a nod to its Rhône heritage, our Syrah has a slightly “meaty”quality along with the classic floral notes. The 2017 has silky tannins and a long juicy finish.

Accolades:

2016:  90 points - Wine Advocate
2014:  91 points - Wine Enthusiast
2013:  90 points - California State Fair