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Vintage
2015
Vineyard Designation
Paolo's Vineyard
Syrah

Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26.8
Alcohol
14.8
Cases Produced
150
Opt Consumption
2017-2026
Cooperage
36% new French Oak
Harvest Date
Sep 20-29, 2015
Bottling Date
March 2017
Release Date
October 2018

2015 was another great vintage at Montemaggiore!  The growing season and harvest were picture perfect, allowing the fruit to mature at a moderate pace.  Stylistically the 2015 Syrah is similar to the 2010 with its dark fruit profile and multi-layered intensity, although perhaps a bit softer in tone.

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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.

2015 Vintage
This was a vintage of great quality and concentration of flavors but very low yields. The sun and warmth of drought caused our grapevines to emerge early from winter dormancy. In April and May, the critical pollination stage was excruciatingly slow, extended, and even interrupted—ultimately reducing the crop and causing unwanted variability in its ripeness. Thankfully, the main part of the growing season was moderately warm. During verasion we dropped even more underripe clusters than usual, an extra sacrifice of quantity in the name of increased quality. Several 100F+ days in early September were followed by a dry harvest.  The lower yields and slightly longer hang time led to an increased concentration of flavors in the wine.

Winemaker's Goal
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.

Tasting Notes
Aromas of blackberries and pepper meld with undertones of minerality. A warm, full, fruit-forward palate is framed by structured tannins and a long finish.
Winemaking Notes
Three individual blocks of Syrah were hand-harvested over nine days in late September. The grapes traveled less than 100 yards to the estate winery where they were destemmed but not crushed, then carefully hand-sorted at the berry level. About 20% of whole clusters (including stems) were added for complexity. All the grapes underwent a cold soak in open-top stainless steel tanks, then were inoculated with the northern Rhône Syrah yeast. 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, 36% of which were new barrels.

Food Pairings
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 oilchipotle sweet potato gratin, salmon grilled on a cedar plank, bucatini amatriciana, and lamb burgers.

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Other Vintages
Montemaggiore has produced Paolo's Vineyard Syrah since our first vintage in 2002.  

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26.8
Alcohol
14.8
Cases Produced
150
Opt Consumption
2017-2026
Cooperage
36% new French Oak
Harvest Date
Sep 20-29, 2015
Bottling Date
March 2017
Release Date
October 2018