2007 SYRAH, ANDERSON VALLEY
Like the 2006 version, the 2007 Unknown is comprised primarily of Kick Ranch syrah. However, we sourced an additional clone from Kick Ranch in 2007 and added a Russian River vineyard to complement the Kick Ranch fruit. In all, the Unknown is a blend of six clones: 470, Hermitage, 877, 174, 4, and Estrella River — from three vineyards. The enchanting fruit and mineral components of Kick Ranch shine again in 2007. Our new vineyard addition, Archer, is a rocky slope in the northeast corridor of the Russian River Valley, and provides bass tones and structure. A dollop of the beautiful Jemrose vineyard sweeps through the mid-palate and adds intensity. Fermented with fifty-five percent whole cluster, aged in thirty-three percent new French oak for ten months, and bottled without fining or filtration, the Unknown is vibrant and adventurous rendition of syrah that carefully walks the line between power and balance.
Freakishly dark: think magenta tinged squid ink. Intense raspberry, boysenberry, kirsch, slate, and violets explode upon opening. A luscious core is accentuated with dark chocolate, plum, white pepper, espresso, and crème de cassis. Without notice, firm tannins mingle with succulent acidity and shoot through the mid-palate. A lasting finish leaves your palate seduced.