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Voss Vineyards

2003 Syrah
Rutherford, Napa Valley

The 2003 vintage began relatively late, which was a bit unexpected after an early bud break. A cool and rainy May slowed the vine growth, though. This was followed by a cooler than average summer, which made for slow even ripening of the grapes. The fully ripened Syrah fruit was harvested over 8 days mid-October 2003 at an average of 26 Brix. The wine was fermented primarily in stainless steel open top tanks with 2 to 3 punch downs per day for an average of 14 days. After pressing the wine was racked to barrel where it underwent malolactic fermentation and aging for 18 months. Our 2003 Napa Valley Syrah is reflective of meticulous vineyard care, a cool, slow vintage, and careful handling in the cellar. The wine displays a deep red color and exhibits aromas of blackberries, cherries and licorice. The fruit notes are further lifted by the inclusion of 2% Viognier. On the palate, this wine offers concentrated flavors of wild berry and sweet oak. Rich fruit and soft tannins give this Syrah a lingering, supple finish. The wine can be enjoyed immediately or will gain further complexity over the next 4 – 5 years with proper cellaring.

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