2018 SYRAH
Wine Data

Appellation:   Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Syrah 98%, Viognier 2%

Alcohol:  14.0%

pH:  3.70

TA:  6.2 g/L

Size:  750ml

2018 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 the grapes, instead Hank purchased the fruit from long time grower and hunting buddy Alex Vyborny. That first Syrah led us to start planting Rhone varietals on our family-owned property in 1995. Today, we are well known for our rich and aromatic Syrah.

The 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had a near perfect fruit set with moderate summer temperatures and relatively few heat spikes. The mild weather led to a longer hang time, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.

The Syrah and Viognier ripened together in 2018, so the two grapes were harvested the same day, de-stemmed, then cold soaked together, retaining the bright berry flavors and stabilizing the color. The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.

The 2018 Syrah is a deep purple wine with rich aromas of plum, violets, black cherry, vanilla, oak and blackberry. 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 2018 has a dry structured finish.

Accolades:

2018:  90 points & Gold Medal - Sunset International Wine Competition
2018:  90 points & Gold Medal - Beverage Tasting Institute
2017:  88 points - Wine Advocate
2016:  90 points - Wine Advocate