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Vintage
2013
Vineyard Designation
Paolo’s Vineyard
Syrah

2013 Syrah
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.5 Brix
Alcohol
14.7
Cases Produced
150
Opt Consumption
2016-2025
Cooperage
33% new French Oak
Harvest Date
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2013
Bottling Date
April 2015
Release Date
Nov 2015

2013 was an outstanding vintage for Montemaggiore!  A picture-perfect, long growing season resulted in grapes with balanced acidity, ripe tannins, and reasonable sugar levels. 

Awarded"Best in Class" by San Francisco Chronicle
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$38.00
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SKU: 13Syr
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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 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
Aromas of blackberries, bacon, and herbs mingle with damp earth and cracked pepper components. Flavors on the palate are similar, being framed by structured tannins and a long finish.
Winemaking Notes
Two individual blocks of Syrah were hand-harvested four days apart in late September and early October. The grapes traveled less than 100 yards to the estate winery where they were destemmed but not crushed, then carefully hand-sorted at the berry level. About 10% of whole clusters (including stems) were added for complexity. All the grapes underwent a three-day cold soak in open-top stainless steel tanks prior to yeast inoculation. 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 Competition
January 2016

America's largest wine competition bestowed our 2013 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah with it's top award, Best in Class, for $37-$41 Syrahs.  More than 7,100 wines were entered.

Wine Enthusiast
December 2015

"A young, 100% varietal and estate-farmed wine, this is a soft, thick and dusty gathering of chocolate and blackberry jam, filled in with wild game and leather. Robust and still tightly wound, it needs to open in the glass to unveil further complexities of texture and black pepper." —V.B.

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

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
25.5 Brix
Alcohol
14.7
Cases Produced
150
Opt Consumption
2016-2025
Cooperage
33% new French Oak
Harvest Date
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2013
Bottling Date
April 2015
Release Date
Nov 2015