September 20, 2016
14 months in neutral French oak
2016 Moaveni Vineyard Syrah
Moaveni Syrah opens with beautiful allspice and chai aromas and develops into a palate of boysenberries, blackberries and cracked peppercorns. Notably from the volcanic soil, the fruit lends velvety tannins and a long, plush finish to deliver a rich and supple mouthfeel.
Located against the Sonoma Mountain ridge, the higher elevation of this Bennett Valley vineyard has different fog patterns, which allows for evenly ripened fruit. It is a steep vineyard promoting water run-off, resulting in smaller berries and more intense flavors in the wine.
The vineyard was harvested in late September. The juice was on the skins for 18 days during fermentation prior to being pressed off to tank to begin malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked to 100% French oak barrels before aging for 14 months and bottling unfiltered and unfined.
Food Pairing Notes
Spicy dry-rubbed chicken or pork, braised beef and gamey meats and aged hard cheeses like Gouda.
The wine will reward those with patience to cellar a few bottles for enjoyment between 2020 and 2030.