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2008 "Road Block" Syrah - Estate Bottled
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deep purple color, rich plum and blueberry aromas and flavors overlaid by smoky, toasty oak. Slightly meaty and coarse in the mid-palate but the richness and big fruit ties it all together. The finish is very smooth and rich, partly due to elevated alcohol but no perceptible “heat” for a wine of this fortitude. Holds up well open for several days.
- 100% Syrah
- 750 ml (Standard Bottle): 88
The Syrah vines are on the north side of the road as you come to the winery. The
vines were planted in former Merlot soil in 2001 after those vines finally succumbed to phylloxera.
We selected the “Estrella” clone of Syrah from a vineyard/wine trial comparison at Quixote winery
just up the Silverado Trail. Since Syrah is so susceptible to issues of “reduction” (burnt rubber
character) we selected this clone because it seemed least likely to produce these aromas.
- Total Acidity: 0.6
- Wine pH: 3.7
- Kind Red
- Type Syrah
- Appellation Napa Valley
- Finished Alcohol 15.0%
- Cases Produced 88
- Volume 750mL