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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Syrah 2006
Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Syrah 2006
(search item no. 106882)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Typically we destem all of the Syrah grapes but in 2002 we began experimenting with some whole cluster fermentation and in 2006 we began utilizing all of the stems in the fermenters. The more I work with Syrah the more I feel like it shares the same evolution pattern and benefits from the same production techniques as Pinot Noir as opposed to Cabernet. Yes it has more soluble solids and density (more material) however it seemingly benefits from similar treatment of Pinot Noir. We began fermentation right away with peak temperatures reaching 30 degrees centigrade during the 14 day cuvaison. The wine was pressed directly into 2 year old French oak barrels and allowed to sit in elevage for 26 months. The finished wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
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About Arcadian:

Inspired by the great traditions of Burgundian winemaking, Joseph Davis has been making Arcadian Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in California's Central Coast region since 1996. Using French artisan methods and hands-on vineyard management, Joe's Arcadian label consistently receives high marks from the world's most respected wine writers. Following his gut instinct allows him the complete realization of his dream and his mission remains to make wines that fully express the uniqueness of the vineyard and the region while capturing the voluptuous flavor of the grape and the kiss of cool California breezes and warm sunshine.

Traditionally, Joe harvests fruit with much more modest sugar levels and much higher natural acidity than many of his fellow growers. The belief that Arcadian wines will continue to evolve in the bottle for years to come and that this continued evolution will ultimately produce a much more interesting wine is what drives Arcadian's--and Joe's---philosophy of winegrowing.