2008 SYRAH, BENNETT VALLEY
A beacon in the southeastern corner of Bennett Valley, the Jemrose vineyard rises above the valley floor with precision. Its undulating slopes, craggy vineyard rows, and manicured vines are impressive. The northern exposure and wind swept slopes moderate its intensity. The vineyard is planted to several clones, but we source only the 174 and 470. The 174 (spice and structure) is the yin; the 470 (fruit and depth) is the yang.
This is our third vintage of the Jemrose Vineyard syrah. It has the grace of the 2006 bottling and the structure of the 2007 version. Over the past three vintages, I have found that the Jemrose vineyard works very well with whole-cluster fermentation. The tannins, however, can be rustic in their youth and therefore the Jemrose wines are built for aging.
Fermented with one hundred percent wholecluster, aged in thirty-three percent new French oak for ten months, and bottled without fining or filtration, the Jemrose is a vibrant and graceful wine. It channels Cornas and delivers the depth of a focused New World syrah.
A mélange of fruit and spice flows from the glass. Heady white pepper mingles with boysenberry, plum, blueberries, and dark chocolate. Accents of tobacco leaf, violets, and bacon fat mesh with cassis, mint, and green peppercorns. The wine imbues the site. There is freshness and brightness in the glass. This is a California Syrah with a Northern Rhône bent. Asian spices, chewy tannins, and subtle brown sugar hints finish the wine. Enjoy from 2011 to 2020.