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Vintage
2008
Vineyard Designation
Paolo’s Vineyard
Syrah

2008 Syrah
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.6 Brix
Alcohol
14.60
Cases Produced
450
Opt Consumption
2011-2020
Cooperage
27% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 6-Oct 8, 2008
Bottling Date
March 2010
Release Date
April 2011

Although the growing season during 2008 was very difficult, the Paolo's Vineyard Syrah is one of our most elegant.

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SKU: 08Syr
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  • Accolades
  • Vintages

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.

2008 Vintage
The 2008 growing season was one of extremes with a dry spring, excessive heat during boom, a record-early harvest, and extremely low yields.  The last rain was in February, and the sunny dry spring led to a March budbreak about two weeks early.  During bloom in May, the temperature swung up to 60°F between daytime and nighttime, thus our fruit set was poor (leading to yields being down 40%).  Summer temperatures were fairly moderate although August had some fairly hot days.  Harvest started on September 6th, the earliest in Montemaggiore history.

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 2008 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah showcases a brambly black cherry, underpinned by hints of pepper and cocoa. On the palate, the wine has a distinct elegance with tannins being soft and silky. The finish is medium-long and smooth.
Winemaking Notes
Four individual blocks of Syrah were hand-harvested between early 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 30% 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 18 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

San Francisco Chronicle
January 2012

The 2008 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah was given the top award, Best in Class, for $30-$40 Syrahs in the largest American wine competition, in which more than 5,500 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
25.6 Brix
Alcohol
14.60
Cases Produced
450
Opt Consumption
2011-2020
Cooperage
27% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 6-Oct 8, 2008
Bottling Date
March 2010
Release Date
April 2011