2006 SYRAH, BENNETT VALLEY
A hidden gem in the emerging appellation of Bennett Valley, the Jemrose Vineyard produces a supple and elegant syrah. The vineyard is planted to several syrah clones, but our fruit source is the Cardiac Hill block planted to the Estrella River and 174 clones. Truly a low vigor site, the steep and rocky hillside produces an amazing syrah as expressive as it is balanced. Fermented with fifty percent whole clusters, aged in fifty percent new French oak for ten months, and bottled without fining or filtration, the Jemrose is a classic example of cool climate syrah. The vineyard is destined to become one of the appellations best sites.
Wrapped in white pepper, the bouquet of cassis, blackberries, violets and minerals tickle the nose. The color is as dark as a moonless night and the wine envelops your palate. Sweet tannins provide a gorgeous bridge to the finish woven with a dark chocolate, iron, and grilled meats.