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Montemaggiore Blog

We are winegrowers not professional writers, thus this blog will probably only be updated a few times a year.  In fact most of these posts either have appeared or will appear in our quarterly newsletter. Having said that, we hope you enjoy our insights on winemaking and winegrowing on a boutique level.  We welcome your opinions and questions—and even your suggestions on future topics. 

Lise Ciolino
 
January 22, 2016 | Lise Ciolino

Vintage Chart for Paolo's Vineyard Syrah

We recently tasted every single vintage of Paolo’s Vineyard Syrah that we’ve ever produced—an exciting and enlightening event given that we don't often taste all these wines side-by-side. The resulting vintage chart will help you decide whether to open that special bottle of Montemaggiore Syrah now or hang on to it.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
August 31, 2015 | Lise Ciolino

Wine Aromas, Syrah, and Rotundone

“Pepper”, “leathery”, “hints of cocoa”... do you find wine descriptors to be helpful? Come explore the magical, mystical world of wine aromas with us by focusing in on the “pepper” aroma commonly found in Syrah, the varietal we specialize in here at Montemaggiore.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
January 15, 2014 | Lise Ciolino

In Vino Veritas: Syrafina gives a nod to Côte Rôtie

The newest wine in Montemaggiore's portfolio, Syrafina, was inspired by Côte Rôtie, the Rhone sub-region in France that produces Syrahs with a secret ingredient.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
May 15, 2013 | Lise Ciolino

Not all Rosés are created equal

Montemaggiore makes an intentional rosé with pure red fruit flavors and lower alcohol—but some rosé is just a by-product of making red wine. Learn about the differences, and why you should care.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
September 14, 2011 | Lise Ciolino

Syrah in Hermitage versus Healdsburg

Vincent and I went to the "Mecca" of Syrah and stayed in Tain L'Hermitage to revel in the wines, the vineyards, and the fabulous food. We couldn't help comparing and contrasting our vineyard and winery in Healdsburg with those of Hermitage.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
November 15, 2008 | Lise Ciolino

Cabernet - Syrah Blends

Montemaggiore is one of the few wineries producing a Cabernet-Syrah blend, which we happen to call Nobile. Learn how we decide on the exact blend and why you don't see more of these types of wines.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
November 15, 2007 | Lise Ciolino

Whole Cluster Syrah

We've started utilizing "whole cluster" fermentations, which imparts a depth and spiciness to our Syrah. This practice is somewhat counter-intuitive since we normally are very careful to remove bits of stems that our destemmer misses.  Continue »