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Fife Syrah Old Yokayo Rancho Vineyard, Mendocino 2004

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    Our Spectacular, Single-Vineyard Syrah Throughout the wine-growing world, there are only a few vineyards that have even the look of potential greatness. This is one of those perfect looking sites and the resulting rich, saturated wine is our vineyard-designate Syrah. Perched on the rocky western slopes of the northern Ukiah Valley, the young vineyard welcomes the morning sun and catches the afternoon winds, allowing the slow, steady flavor maturation of this small-berried Shiraz clone. On the Palate This 2004 Syrah presents its usual blackfruit/cassis notes with an array of complex nuances of mocha, spices, black pepper and savory-earthiness. Powerful yet lean, its tannins perform a supporting role in its compatibility with rich cuisine. Pair with a wide range of grilled or roasted meats and vegetables. As in the Rhône, game and mushrooms, sausage and olives, cassoulet, and other savory foods work exceedingly well. The Growing Season The 2004 growing season was yet another one that defied normal (if there is such a thing). The winter was mild with very scant rainfall followed by an almost imperceptible spring transition into summer. Rains during bloom affected yields for most black grapes on the north coast resulting in smaller but richly flavored crops. Syrah, which has a tendency to set extra crop naturally, especially benefited from scant yield and compensated by affording us rich "black fruit" color, flavors and tannins. The northeast exposure of the Old Yokayo Rancho Vineyard made for cooler evenings in the later weeks of ripening. The grapes were harvested at the optimal flavor point of sur maturation without becoming over-ripe in sugar. The Gentle Art of Winemaking Syrah is a joy to vinify. Our winemaking philosophy is simple: obtain Syrah with personality, handle it minimally, and focus on blending different lots to bring out nuance and character. This is a "cakewalk" in Mendocino where nature creates the flavors that translate into powerful, complex wines. All that's left to do in the winemaking process is to age and blend to assure balance, elegance, texture and length of flavor. Download Printable Version

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