Benziger Syrah shows complex aromas of black fruit, smoky tar and dried herb leading to a soft mouthfeel with flavors of black cherry, herb and sweet earth. Very forward fruit in the mouth with good tannic structure, the wine ends on a long finish noted by ripe fruit, cherry and plum with nuances of black pepper and meaty overtones.
|This wine shows aromas of cherry and plum with nuances of black pepper and meaty overtones which are supported by very forward fruit in the mouth with a supple tannic structure.
|Wine maker notes
|Lots from the separate vineyards are crushed and individually cold-soaked at 55°F for approximately two days prior to fermentation to extract color and intensity while controlling tannins. Fermentation takes place primarily in open-top fermenters, with a small percentage in closed-top fermenters, depending on the vintage, for 9 to 12 days with daily punching down and pumpovers at temperatures up to 85°F. The lots are aged in French and American oak barrels for approximately 16 months. Blending takes place in the second spring or summer following the vintage.
|GRAPE VARIETY: +/-100% Syrah
TOTAL ACIDITY: .60-.65
RESIDUAL SUGAR: .04-.06