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Vintage
2006
Vineyard Designation
Paolo’s Vineyard
Syrah

2006 Syrah
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
350
Opt Consumption
2010-2016
Cooperage
33% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 26-Nov 1, 2006
Bottling Date
March 2008
Release Date
March 2009

The 2006 vintage of our flagship wine has much depth and complexity, perhaps due to the introduction of whole cluster fermentations. Below you will find more information on the wine, which has received great reviews including 90 points from Robert Parker.

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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.

2006 Vintage
The 2006 growing season started slowly with late spring rains, but was quite warm overall with ten days in mid-summer of 100+°F temperatures. While the heat-stress was mitigated by irrigation, the slow start resulted in uneven ripening, thus an extended harvest. Our yields in 2006 were 50% of normal, but we expected this single-vintage reduction due to a changeover in pruning style. The final unique aspect of 2006 was the first crop from our new Syrah vines of the 877 clone.

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 2006 Paolo’s Vineyard Syrah showcases plum and blackberry, underpinned by hints of pepper, nutmeg, and other spices. The tannins are soft and supple, and the texture silky, while the finish is long and smooth.
Winemaking Notes
Four individual blocks of Syrah were hand-harvested between late September and early November based on optimum tannin ripeness. The grapes traveled less than 100 yards to our estate winery where they were destemmed but not crushed, then carefully hand sorted at the berry level. About 15% of whole clusters (including stems) were added for complexity. All the Syrah grapes underwent a four-day cold soak in open-top stainless steel tanks, then were inoculated with the northern Rhône Syrah yeast. The whole berry fermentation with punchdowns for cap management brought out the wine's complexity on the palate. After a gentle pressing in a stainless steel basket press in order to limit astringency, the wine aged for 17 months in French oak barrels.

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

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
August 2009

“A very serious wine, made in a European style, this Syrah possesses a dark ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of lead pencil shavings intermixed with blackberry and cassis as well as damp, foresty aromas. Hints of new saddle leather, meat juices, and bouquet garni add to the complexity of this wine, which is full but at the same time charming and decidedly elegant. Drink it over the next 5-7 years."

Connoisseur's Guide
November 2009

“Keen balance and a sense of superbly crafted sophistication set this effort apart from the crowd, yet its almost claret-like manner comes with no shortage of Syrah character. Firm and full-bodied with a bit less flesh and muscle than many of its mates, it shows layers of berry-like fruit, pencil-box spice and black pepper, and its finish is marked by relatively modest tannins. It would have benefited by being just a touch deeper in fruit, but we are very much taken with its complexity and its fine structure. It will age well." 

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

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
350
Opt Consumption
2010-2016
Cooperage
33% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 26-Nov 1, 2006
Bottling Date
March 2008
Release Date
March 2009