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Vintage
2004
Reserve

2004 Reserve
Varietal Blend
Syrah 95%
Cabernet 5%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
27.1 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
150
Opt Consumption
2009-2017
Cooperage
67% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 9, 2004
Bottling Date
September 2006
Release Date
October 2007

In 2004, Montemaggiore produced two Syrahs for the first time. The topmost portion of Paolo's Vineyard yielded six barrels of the most wonderfully intense wine that we bottled separately as our Hilltop Reserve. 

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Vineyard Profile: Estate Vineyard
Located on a mountainside high above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, the rocky soils of Montemaggiore's estate vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes at naturally low yields. Using biodynamic practices and organic materials, we farm Paolo's Vineyard without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

2004 Vintage
Yields were pushed lower in 2004 due to the cold, wet, dark spring of 2003 (grape bunches are formed internally the spring before they emerge). Our regulated deficit irrigation practices caused the individual grapes to be much smaller thus even more intensely flavored. Given the smaller number of bunches with smaller berries in 2004, we were further rewarded with wonderfully mild and even summer temperatures—the harvest was our earliest on record. What a spectacular year!

Winemaker's Goal
The Montemaggiore Reserve is intended to be the big brother to our Paolo's Vineyard Syrah: big, bold, intense, complex, and intended for long-term aging.  Since it's only made in exceptional vintages, it reflects the best that Montemaggiore offers.

Tasting Notes
The aroma of the 2004 Hilltop Reserve Syrah opens with deep, rich blackberry and cherry underpinned by bittersweet chocolate and bacon. Black pepper and clove hint at its spicy complexity. The full-bodied palate balances the huge, luscious fruit with a velvety firmness. This wine carries the hallmarks of Montemaggiore: rich and mouth-filling yet elegant, with well integrated oak, smooth tannins and a long finish.
Winemaking Notes
In our newly-built estate winery, not even 50 yards from our vineyards, the Syrah grapes were destemmed but not crushed, carefully hand sorted, and held in stainless steel for a three-day cold soak. The ten-day whole berry fermentation was conducted in open-top tanks to highlight complex flavors on the palate. After a gentle pressing, the wine aged for 24 months in French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered.

Food Pairings
Being an intense and complex wine, the Montemaggiore Rerserve goes best with like-minded dishes, as it can overwhelm lighter or simpler dishes.  But don't underestimate its ability to shine alongside an engrossing book and a roaring fire.

The Reserve pairs well with grass-fed steak, grilled sausages, butterflied lamb, pasta bolognese, Manchego cheese, and bitter-sweet chocolate.

Consider trying our recipes for osso buco, wild boar ragù, and chocolate pepper cookies.

Accolades

San Francisco International Wine Competition
June 2007

The 2004 Hilltop Reserve Syrah performed exceptionally well by winning a Double Gold Medal in the largest international wine competition held in America, in which more than 1,000 wineries submitted wines from 21 countries.

San Francisco Chronicle
January 2007

The 2004 Hilltop Reserve Syrah won a Gold Medal in the largest American wine competition, in which more than 3,800 wines were entered by 1,572 wineries from 20 states.

Other Vintages
Montemaggiore only produces a Reserve in exceptional vintages.

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 95%
Cabernet 5%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
27.1 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
150
Opt Consumption
2009-2017
Cooperage
67% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 9, 2004
Bottling Date
September 2006
Release Date
October 2007