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Vintage
2004
Vineyard Designation
Paolo’s Vineyard
Syrah

2004 Syrah
Varietal Blend
Syrah 95%
Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
27 Brix
Alcohol
14.70
Cases Produced
400
Opt Consumption
2007-2012
Cooperage
70% French oak
30% American oak
48% new
Harvest Date
Sep 14-15, 2004
Bottling Date
September 2006
Release Date
April 2007

2004 was one of the truly great vintages for Montemaggiore Syrah. Fruit aromas, savory undertones, spice, balance—the 2004 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah has everything you could possibly want in a Syrah.

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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 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah is Montemaggiore's flagship wine, thus the ultimate expression of our estate mountainside vineyards.  Typically 100% Syrah, this wine has rich and intense flavors balancing black fruit with spicy, earthy, savory notes.

Tasting Notes
The aroma of the 2004 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah opens with ripe blueberry and blackberry underpinned by vanilla and white pepper. The highly-textured palate balances the luscious fruit with a supple, 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
Harvested at two separate times for optimum ripeness, the grapes were destemmed but not crushed, carefully hand sorted, and held in stainless steel for three days. The whole berry fermentation was conducted in open-top tanks to bring out complexity in the palate. After a gentle pressing, the wine aged for 24 months in primarily French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered.

Food Pairings
Being medium to full-bodied, Montemaggiore Syrah goes well with foods that are likewise.  The earthy flavors in mushrooms, the smokey flavors in grilled meats, the slightly gamey flavors in lamb echo the aromas in the Paolo's Vineyard Syrah. 

This wine pairs well with marinated tri-tip, lamb kebabs, pasta bolognese, grilled portobellos, pork tenderloin, bacon rösti, and sheep's milk cheeses.

Consider our recipes for wild mushroom and brie crostini, salsa di parmigianochipotle sweet potato gratin, salmon grilled on a cedar plank, bucatini amatriciana, and lamb burgers.

Accolades

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October 2007

At the premiere showcase of Sonoma County wines, Montemaggiore's Paolo's Vineyard Syrah received a double gold medal—for the second year in a row! 

Other Vintages
Montemaggiore has produced Paolo's Vineyard Syrah since our first vintage in 2002.  

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 95%
Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
27 Brix
Alcohol
14.70
Cases Produced
400
Opt Consumption
2007-2012
Cooperage
70% French oak
30% American oak
48% new
Harvest Date
Sep 14-15, 2004
Bottling Date
September 2006
Release Date
April 2007