Corkscrew Syrah 2007

Source: Single Vineyard. Noir and 887 clones.

Aromas: Rose petals. Violets. Tea. Hints of cedar. Forest floor.

Flavors: Red raspberries. Black currants. Cherries. Finish of semi-sweet chocolate.

Adjectives: Purple. Inky. Complex. Magnanimous.

Pairings: Spareribs. Duck. Prime rib-eye with mushrooms. Venison with huckleberry reduction.

Cases Produced: 250

Barrel aging: 12 Months. French 50% new, 40% 1-year old, 10% 2+ years old.

Alcohol: 13.1%

Released: March 2009

2007 was as close to ideal a growing season as a vintner can ask for. Buds broke as expected in early March followed by a steady temperature gain with very few heat spikes. The perpetual ebb and flow of fog in and out of the Petaluma gap gave the vines an ideal climate for sugar levels and phenolics to develop gradually over the season. Small berries delivered wines dark in color with exceptional concentration of flavors, aromas and ripe tannins. The 2007 growing season is truly one for the books. These wines should develop brilliantly over the next 10 years.