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2008 Syrah, Grigsby Vineyard, Napa Valley

2008 Syrah, Grigsby Vineyard, Napa Valley
Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Grigsby Vineyard
18 months in small French oak barrels, 55% new
Bottling Date
April 16th, 2010
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2008 Syrah, Grigsby Vineyard, Napa Valley

Our 2008 Grigsby Vineyard Syrah is a pure, concentrated expression of ripe Syrah fruit.  The overall impression is that the wine's dense, rich purple color aptly conveys its personality: this is a deep, extracted, intense example of Syrah.

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On the nose the wine shows great varietal typicity, with the aromas initially dominated by rich dark fruit notes reminiscent of ripe boysenberries, blueberries and huckleberries.  With a bit of air, elegant hints emerge of acacia flowers and violets, along with warm flourishes of cocoa powder and toasty oak.  On approach the wine is broad and full, with substantial palate presence and a lush, sumptuous mouthfeel.  The flavors here are pure Syrah, reflecting the concentrated, fruit-forward character of the 2008 vintage.  Through the mid-palate and onto the finish, our Grigsby Vineyard's vibrant natural acidity and hallmark velvety tannins lend remarkable balance and elegance to this rich wine, which leaves the palate coated with delicious Syrah fruit.

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Vineyard Notes
Our Grigsby Vineyard is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Yountville Crossroad and the Silverado Trail, where the Yountville AVA meets the Stags Leap District. e soil here is a light clay loam, generously sprinkled with small river rocks, on a site that enjoys a very special balance of climate conditions. During the day, warm temperatures and full sun exposure encourage the grapes to develop rich, ripe flavors and polished tannins. In the evening, cooling marine breezes and fog from San Pablo Bay dramatically reduce temperatures in the vineyard, allowing the fruit to retain aromatic complexity, bright natural acidity, and a distinctive elegance. e vineyard is farmed with the highest quality considerations, and the fruit clusters are hand-thinned to prevent crowding or shading for optimal development.
Production Notes
At Rocca Family Vineyards, we believe deeply that all great wines are made in the vineyard. Our winemaker, Paul Colantuoni, and vineyard manager Sergio Melgoza work very closely together, taking tremendous care to ensure that our estate vineyards produce grapes of the highest possible quality. In 2008, their dedicated efforts met with growing conditions that decidedly promoted quality over quantity. In the early spring, Napa Valley experienced its coldest and longest frost events in decades, which significantly reduced vineyard yields. Furthermore, for the second year in a row, rainfall was little more than 60% of average. As a result, grape clusters were far fewer and smaller than normal, with unusually tiny berries. When the rest of the growing season brought essentially picture-perfect ripening conditions, these naturally concentrated grapes matured slowly and fully, developing remarkably profound flavors and lush tannins. e resulting wines from the 2008 vintage are exceptionally dense, richly fruit-forward and extroverted, with great charm and elegance.
Winemaker Notes
Our goal at Rocca is to make wines that reflect, as fully and faithfully as possible, the unique characteristics of the vineyards from which they come. To this end, all of our wines are made exclusively from our own organically-farmed, estate-grown grapes, which we selectively hand harvest in the cool hours of the night. Once the fruit has been picked, we take an emphatically hands-off, non-interventionist approach to winemaking. This wine was created entirely from Syrah from our Grigsby Vineyard, which was de-stemmed as gently as possible, and allowed to ferment with the vineyard's own indigenous yeasts. It was then gently pressed off, and transferred into barrels. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak, approximately 55% new, before bottling in April 2010.
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