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Vintage
2011
Syrafina

2011 Syrafina
Varietal Blend
Syrah 97%
Viognier 3%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
22.5 Brix
Alcohol
13.60
Cases Produced
145
Opt Consumption
2014-2019
Cooperage
22% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 3-17, 2011
Bottling Date
April 2013
Release Date
April 2014

This Syrah-Viognier blend marries the depth and complexity of Syrah with a light touch of aromatic Viognier. 2011 was a much cooler year than usual, thus the wine reflects more pronounced "cool climate" characteristics.

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SKU: 11Sfa
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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.

2011 Vintage
Although California's north coast has an ideal climate for growing grapes, the weather in 2011 created many challenges.  Spring was wet and cold, including rain during the crucial pollination phase, followed by a cool summer with temperatures 10-15°F below normal. With a smaller crop, ripening sped up with warmer temperatures in August and September, but then the rain arrived early in October.  At Montemaggiore, we harvested in smaller lots than usual, offering the vines every opportunity for ripeness before significant rain damage set in. 

Winemaker's Goal
Syrafina is Montemaggiore newest wine, adding a splash of viognier to our favorite varietal, syrah. The viognier adds floral and citrus notes to the aromas, while simultaneously softening the power of the syrah on the palate. The inspiration for Syrafina comes from the Côte Rôtie region in France, where this blend is quite popular. More on Syrafina Winemaking

Tasting Notes
Aromas of violets, citrus, and brambly berries mingle with subtle mineral and white pepper components, which reflect the cool, wet vintage. Flavors on the palate are similar, being framed by soft tannins and fresh acidity. Being more European in style, this wine has a lower alcohol and lighter body than usual.
Winemaking Notes
The syrah grapes for the Syrafina blend are destemmed then sorted at the berry level (while 20% remained as whole clusters). After a brief cold soak, the syrah was fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks at 85°F, then pressed at dryness and barreled down. The viognier was whole-cluster pressed, and fermented separately in neutral French oak barrels at 65°F. After 9 months of aging in barrels, 3% viognier was blended with the syrah to create Syrafina.

Food Pairings
Syrafina pairs well with grilled salmon, roast leg of lamb with rosemary, seafood cioppino, roast duck, grilled portobellos, pork tenderloin, and sheep's milk cheeses.

Consider our recipes for salmon grilled on a cedar plank, chipotle sweet potato gratin, and grilled sausage with fennel and lemon.

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Other Vintages
Montemaggiore introduced Syrafina in 2009.

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 97%
Viognier 3%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
22.5 Brix
Alcohol
13.60
Cases Produced
145
Opt Consumption
2014-2019
Cooperage
22% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 3-17, 2011
Bottling Date
April 2013
Release Date
April 2014