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Vintage
2007
Vineyard Designation
Paolo’s Vineyard
Syrah

2007 Syrah
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
600
Opt Consumption
2010-2018
Cooperage
32% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep26-Oct 9, 2007
Bottling Date
May 2009
Release Date
April 2010

2007 was another stellar vintage at Montemaggiore. The growing season was ideal, and the harvest was picture-perfect. This manifests itself as a great wine with long age-ability.

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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.

2007 Vintage
The 2007 growing season proved ideal, with grape sugars ripening at the same rate as the flavors and tannins, whereas often the sugars get way ahead of the phenolics. The winter had brought half our usual rainfall, and an early spring led to early budbreak. The heart of the growing season was picture perfect, with moderate temperatures and significant cooling fog. Harvest started right on time. Although clusters were lighter and smaller, the grapes had excellent flavors.

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 2007 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah showcases cherry and blackberry, underpinned by hints of cocoa, pepper, nutmeg, and smoke. 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 October 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 20% of whole clusters (including stems) were added for complexity. All the 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 19 months in 100% 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 2010

“The 2007 Paolo’s Vineyard Syrah exhibits a complex, evolved nose of charcoal, damp earth, smoky barbecue, and dark currants. Medium-bodied and surprisingly elegant, it is clearly made in a mid-weight, European style meant to be drunk over the next 3-4 years."

San Francisco Chronicle
January 2010

The 2007 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah performed exceptionally well by winning a Gold Medal in the largest American wine competition, in which more than 4,900 wines were entered.

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

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.8 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
600
Opt Consumption
2010-2018
Cooperage
32% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep26-Oct 9, 2007
Bottling Date
May 2009
Release Date
April 2010