2014 was another great vintage at Montemaggiore! The growing season was moderate and somewhat cool at times, allowing the fruit to mature at a moderate pace. Stylistically the 2014 Syrah is similar to the 2013 in it's dark profile and intensity, but with more boldness and chunkier tannins. A great food wine.
- 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.
This was a classic year for Montemaggiore wines with moderate summer temperatures and relatively dry skies at harvest. A dry spring awoke the grapes early from their winter dormancy, and then late spring rains led to rapid growth. Temperatures were moderate in early summer, but cooled in August thus slowing down ripening. Harvest started a couple weeks early on average—all at moderate sugar levels with the desired flavors and intensity.
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.