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2011 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah
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2011 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah

2011 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah

Red-black in color with intense aromas of blueberry, boysenberry and black pepper with background notes of forest floor and mushroom. The palate is lush yet delicate, with a beautiful arc that builds with blueberry and raspberry, followed by charred meat on the finish. There is a long finish with flavors returning, enticing you to take another sip. Cellar for at least 5 years after release.

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HARVEST & WINEMAKING

These grapes are from French clone 877 grown in the Stagecoach Vineyards in the eastern hills above Napa Valley. The vineyard is on a rocky, red, steep slope that faces southwest for maximum sun exposure. The Syrah was picked October 26 at 25.0 Brix. The fruit was hand sorted and underwent a two-day cold soak before being inoculated with a Côte Rôtie (Rhône) yeast strain. A portion of the fruit was fermented whole cluster, and some was left on the skins for extended maceration. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 19 months in barrel before bottling May 2013. The wine rested in our cellars until its release in January 2014.

THE 2011 VINTAGE

2011 was a challenging vintage for Napa Valley, but it was no different than a typical Rhône vintage, as a late and wet spring crawled into a cool summer. We finally got the heat we had been waiting for, only to play chicken with the rain in October. This was a vintage when it paid to know your producer, because only when the tide goes out do you see who is swimming naked. We are very lucky to work with some amazing, expert growers who did what it took to get fabulous quality in 2011. So while quantity overall was low, the fruit made for well-balanced wines with good intensity, structure and texture with a brightness of flavor.
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Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Syrah
Appellation: Atlas Peak
Acid: 5.3 g/L
PH: 4.05
Aging: 19 months in oak barrels
Alcohol %: 14.4
 
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These grapes are from French clone 877 grown in the Stagecoach Vineyards in the eastern hills above Napa Valley. The vineyard is on a rocky, red, steep slope that faces southwest for maximum sun exposure. The fruit was picked October 26th at 25.0 Brix.
• Hand sorted
• Two day cold soak
• Inoculated with a yeast strain from Cote Rotie in the Rhone Valley in France
• Cool fermentation with minimal pumpovers
• A portion of the fruit was fermented whole cluster
• A portion of the fruit was left on the skins for extended maceration
• Secondary malolactic fermentation in neutral oak barrels





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