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Vintage
2013
Reserve

2013 Reserve
Varietal Blend
Syrah 94% Cabernet Sauvignon 6%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.5° Brix
Alcohol
14.5
Cases Produced
200
Opt Consumption
2016-2026
Cooperage
38% new French Oak
Harvest Date
Sep 19 – Sep 29, 2013
Bottling Date
Apr 2015
Release Date
Oct 2016

We only bottle a Reserve Syrah in exceptional years, and 2013 proved to be such a vintage. A picture-perfect, long growing season resulted in grapes with balanced acidity, ripe tannins, and reasonable sugar levels. 

This wine is also available in magnum format, and as a magnum in a wood box.

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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.

2013 Vintage
An outstanding vintage for Montemaggiore wines!  The vines broke their winter dormancy early with a dry spring, which was followed by moderate summer temperatures, and a relatively dry harvest.  The long growing season resulted in grapes with balanced acidity, ripe tannins, and reasonable sugar levels—all leading to a classic vintage. 2013 was so high quality that Montemaggiore produced a Reserve wine, which had only happened twice in the prior ten years.

Winemaker's Goal
The Montemaggiore Reserve is intended to be the big brother to our Paolo's Vineyard Syrah: big, bold, intense, complex, and intended for long-term aging.  Since it's only made in exceptional vintages, it reflects the best that Montemaggiore offers.

Tasting Notes
The aroma of the 2013 Reserve opens with deep, rich, brambly blackberry, underpinned by hints of pepper and cocoa. On the palate, its structure is full and mouth-filling, with formidable but supple tannins and a velvety finish.
Winemaking Notes
At harvest, the grapes were destemmed but not crushed, then carefully hand sorted at the berry level. 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 19 months in 100% French oak barrels. A bit of Cabernet was blended in to add structure and complexity. This Reserve bottling sees a bit more new oak than our flagship Paolo’s Vineyard Syrah.

Food Pairings
Being an intense and complex wine, the Montemaggiore Reserve goes best with like-minded dishes, as it can overwhelm lighter or simpler dishes.  But don't underestimate its ability to shine alongside an engrossing book and a roaring fire.

The Reserve pairs well with grass-fed steak, grilled sausages, butterflied lamb, pasta bolognese, Manchego cheese, and bitter-sweet chocolate.

Consider trying our recipes for osso buco, wild boar ragù, and chocolate pepper cookies.

Accolades

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
March 2016

“The 2013 Syrah Reserve, a blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, is sinewy and muscular, shows a deep ruby/purple color, a relatively compact and concentrated mouthfeel but seems unevolved and in need of further bottle age. I really like the wine, but it is difficult to penetrate given its structure and backwardness. I think both the [2013 Syrafina and 2013 Reserve] wines will merit slightly higher scores after another 2-4 years of bottle age. They are impressively crafted and pure but still closed, structured and locked-in.”

Other Vintages
Montemaggiore only produces a Reserve in exceptional vintages.

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 94% Cabernet Sauvignon 6%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.5° Brix
Alcohol
14.5
Cases Produced
200
Opt Consumption
2016-2026
Cooperage
38% new French Oak
Harvest Date
Sep 19 – Sep 29, 2013
Bottling Date
Apr 2015
Release Date
Oct 2016