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Karly Winery

2005 Syrah

Syrah was AWOL from our lineup from the 2000 through 2003 vintages. For ten years we had a lot of success with the variety. Then came three years of trouble with the wines, which we finally traced back to the vineyard. Luckily, we liked the variety so much, we planted a new vineyard in 2000 using an unusual trellis which we thought Syrah would like. In 2004, we pulled out the problem vineyard and made the first wine from the new vineyard. Many of you are drinking this wine, and it is remarkable. First because it is just plain good, but also because it is just amazing such a good wine could be made from four year old grapes, and on the first attempt. We were worried the bar had been set so high. Now we feel really good because the 2005 has picked up right where the 2004 left off. If you have a bottle of each for comparison, you will find that the 2004 is a bit more refined due to a year in the bottle, but the 2005 is basically the same wine with a little more flavor intensity. This should continue as the vines mature. You just can’t beat a good Syrah at the table. We deliberately make the wine a bit subdued. We don’t want to lose any of the meaty-currant varietal flavor and balance

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