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Vintage
2009
Vineyard Designation
Paolo's Vineyard
Syrah

2009 Syrah
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.4 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
550
Opt Consumption
2012-2021
Cooperage
37% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 29-Oct 10, 2009
Bottling Date
April 2011
Release Date
April 2012

The growing season during 2009 was nearly picture-perfect, thus this wine represents an ideal expression of our estate vineyards: rich and intense black fruit flavors balanced  with spicy, earthy, savory notes. It's a bold wine, but at the same time, velvety smooth—with an aroma that will haunt your memories.

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SKU: 09Syr
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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.

2009 Vintage
The 2009 growing season was almost picture-perfect with a dry, mild spring and a warm (but not too hot) summer. Harvest started on time in late September, but a few weeks into it, meteorologists predicted a huge rainstorm. The relatively thin skins of our Syrah would not be able to withstand a large amount of rain, and working on a muddy mountainside is problematic. Thus the tail end of our Syrah harvest was accelerated, and we brought in the last grapes just before five inches of rain fell on the north coast of California.

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
In 2009, the luscious blackberry and blueberry aromas are framed by pepper and chocolate notes. The flavors on the palate are similar, with the firm tannins and acid balance suggesting a promising future. 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.

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

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
24.4 Brix
Alcohol
14.80
Cases Produced
550
Opt Consumption
2012-2021
Cooperage
37% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 29-Oct 10, 2009
Bottling Date
April 2011
Release Date
April 2012