2007 SYRAH, BENNETT VALLEY
Quickly emerging as one of the appellation’s best sites, the Jemrose Vineyard again produced a syrah of purity and elegance. Due to low crop yields, we were unable to source the 174 clone but replaced it with the exuberant 470 clone. As a result, the 2007 Jemrose is a blend of Estrella River and 470 clones. The craggy Cardiac Hill slopes, planted to Estrella River, produce concentrated and intense syrah. Lying below Cardiac Hill, the 470 clone bursts with flavor and accentuates the broad and masculine Estrella River clone with expressive and searing fruit components. Fermented with seventy-five percent whole cluster, aged in twenty-five percent new French oak for ten months, and bottled without fining or filtration, the Jemrose is once again our most elegant and balanced syrah.
A swirl of white pepper leads into chocolate-covered cherries, boysenberries, crème brulee, wet stone, and cured meats. Elegant and subtle, sustaining a vibrant purple/black essence, the backbone of dusty tannins supports a mid-palate of bright red fruits, leather, and violets. Lasting impressions of juicy acidity linger with accents of mineral and crushed blueberries.