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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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.
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 ▶
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.