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Vintage
2014
Syrafina

2014 Syrafina
Varietal Blend
Syrah 95% Viognier 5%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
23.5
Alcohol
14.3
Cases Produced
250
Opt Consumption
2017-2026
Cooperage
25% new French Oak
Harvest Date
Sep 18-21, 2014
Bottling Date
April 2016
Release Date
April 2017

This Syrah-Viognier blend marries the depth and complexity of Syrah with a light touch of aromatic Viognier. The 2014 vintage is noted for it's bold structure and intensity of flavor, much like the spectacular 2013 vintage.

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SKU: 14Sfa
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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.

2014 Vintage
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.

Winemaker's Goal
Syrafina's nuances arise from co-fermenting a bit of viognier with our favorite varietal, syrah. The viognier adds floral and citrus notes to the aromas, while simultaneously softening the power of the syrah on the palate. The inspiration for Syrafina comes from the Côte Rôtie region in France, where this blend is quite popular. More on Syrafina Winemaking

Tasting Notes
Aromas of blackberry and black pepper are highlighted by the essence of violets. Flavors on the palate are similar, being framed by round tannins and gentle acidity.
Winemaking Notes
The inspiration for Syrafina comes from the Côte Rôtie region in France, where Syrah has historically been planted and blended with a small amount of Viognier. For Montemaggiore’s Syrafina, the two varietals were picked over four days in September. The grapes were destemmed then sorted at the berry level (while 20% remained as whole clusters). After a brief cold soak, the Syrah and Viognier were inoculated with the northern Rhône Syrah yeast, then co-fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks at 82°F. 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
Syrafina pairs well with grilled salmon, roast leg of lamb with rosemary, seafood cioppino, roast duck, grilled portobellos, pork tenderloin, and sheep's milk cheeses.

Consider our recipes for salmon grilled on a cedar plank, chipotle sweet potato gratin, and grilled sausage with fennel and lemon.

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Other Vintages
Montemaggiore introduced Syrafina in 2009.

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 95% Viognier 5%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
23.5
Alcohol
14.3
Cases Produced
250
Opt Consumption
2017-2026
Cooperage
25% new French Oak
Harvest Date
Sep 18-21, 2014
Bottling Date
April 2016
Release Date
April 2017