Syrah 2011 Barrel Select Magnum

Syrah 2011 Barrel Select Magnum

Winemaker Notes

This release continues the tradition of quality and excellence expected from our Estate Syrah terroirs. This wine was crafted for structure and ageability by careful selection of the finest barrels from our best lots. In the 2011 vintage our hillside Syrah vines ripened perfectly producing fruit with expressive earthy aromas of black cherries, blackberries, peppercorn and hazelnut. The balanced palate overlies a rich and structured frame, integrating both smoked meats and brawny tannins that progress through the finish. This wine will evolve in your cellar for eight to ten years. Pairings include grilled venison medallions with truffle shavings.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards

Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Varietal Composition:  Syrah 97.5%, Viognier 2.5%, co-fermented
Harvest Date:  October 2011
At harvest:  Sugar; 21.4° Brix  pH; 3.34   TA; 7.89 grams/liter
At bottling:  Sugar; Nil   pH; 3.73   TA; 6.52 grams/liter
Cooperage:  French (100%), 36% new, 36% 2 year old
Bottling date:  9 August 2013  
Alcohol:  13.6% by volume