2006 SYRAH, ANDERSON VALLEY
The only blend of the release, the Unknown is a flamboyant wine comprised of five different syrah clones: 877, 174, Estrella River, Shiraz 1, and Hermitage. The primary fruit source is Kick Ranch in Santa Rosa, but elements of the Jemrose Vineyard and Valenti Ranch were blended to provide additional depth and nuance. Fermented with fifty percent whole clusters, aged in twenty percent new French oak for ten months, and bottled without fining or filtration, the Unknown is a lurid and voluptuous wine.
Blueberries, currant, and huckleberry strike you immediately. Imbued with an inky black color the Unknown rests in your glass waiting to be unleashed. It posses a luscious sweet core that slowly evolves into black pepper, violets, and milk chocolate. Firm tannins support a wine of purity and balance.