16% American oak
The smooth texture and complex flavors of the 2005 Montemaggiore Syrah are due the natural, un-inoculated fermentation. This vintage is also the first to shed our old "fun" label, and instead have the new "elegant" label.
- Tasting Notes
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.
The 2005 growing season was long and somewhat difficult due to a wet spring, followed by a cool summer, and a very late harvest. All our Syrah grapes became ripe virtually simultaneously, whereas typically we harvest the highest elevation grapes three weeks before those from the lowest elevation. The longer time spent on the vine, however, resulted in grapes with well-developed and complex flavors.
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.
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 parmigiano, mushroom risotto with truffle oil, chipotle sweet potato gratin, salmon grilled on a cedar plank, bucatini amatriciana, and lamb burgers.
International Wine Review
“This small boutique winery owned and operated by Vince and Lise Ciolino produces well-crafted Syrah. Their 2005 vintage Syrah displays a lovely opaque ruby color and offers scents of fresh dark red fruit with notes of ashes, cedar and cocoa dusting. On the palate it displays ripe concentrated spicy red and black fruit flavors with a soft and elegant attack, round tannins and a velvety soft finish."
16% American oak