Syrah Reserve 2012

Syrah Reserve 2012

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Winemaker Notes

The well drained soils of our Jasper Block produced beautifully ripe fruit of uncompromising quality and concentration.
This complex Syrah features aromas of blackberries, purple fruits, barrel spice, garrigue, pepper, smoky oak and earth. The fruit driven finish is layered with elegant and expansive tannins.
This wine will continue to improve with proper storage for the next eight to twelve years in the cellar. Food pairings include BBQ beef ribs or lamb ragout with olives.   

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Excellent, Great Northwest Wine
"As famous as Abacela has become for Iberian Peninsula varieties such as Tempranillo and Albariño, their work with Syrah also has been groundbreaking in Southern Oregon. The Cox Rock Vineyard below the Joneses’ Vine & Wine Center includes the Jasper Block, which overlooks the nearby school and ranks as one of the cooler sites among the 23 parcels across Fault Line Vineyards. Its Syrah typicity shows up early in the nose of blackberry and blueberry mixed with smoky charcuterie, molasses, roasted coffee and earthiness. Inside, there’s enjoyable ruggedness to the structure of blackberry and black currant, backed by dusty blueberry skin tannins and pomegranate acidity. Reach for this when grilling beef ribs or setting a table for Lamb Ragout with Olives, a recipe offered by former Canlis chef Jason Franey.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Jasper Block
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  16 October 2012
At harvest: Sugar; 24.4° Brix, pH; 3.68, TA; 5.96 grams/liter
At bottling:  Sugar; nil       
Cooperage:  French (100%), 69% new, 34% 2-yr old
Bottling date:  7 august 2014 
Alcohol:  14.7% by volume
Case Production:  76 (750 mL)