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Date Printed: 4/28/2015
Jade Mountain Mt Veeder Paras Vineyard P-10 Syrah 1997
Jade Mountain Mt Veeder Paras Vineyard P-10 Syrah 1997
(search item no. 39858)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/28/2015: $49.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Perched at an elevation of 1200 feet, the Paras Vineyard on Mt. Veeder produces some of the finest red grapes in Napa Valley. With its steep terraces and exposed hilltops, this vineyard requires uncommon dedication to winegrowing. A broad range of red grapes thrive here, however the Syrah, a red Rhone grape, reaches perfection on tightly spaced rows reminiscent of the best Rhone Valley vineyards.

This special bottling of Syrah, Cask P-10, is named from the number of barrels produced from our favorite block of vines. Ten narrow rows on a steep north face ripen slowly on well drained soil of decomposed schist and shale. The poor soil limits vine growth and cluster size, resulting in delicious, concentrated fruit.

This 100 percent Syrah shares the classic hallmarks of its Rhone ancestors in its extracted dense color and ability to age for decades. The saturated black color and rich aromas of sweet blackberry, coffee, and dark chocolate are decadent. The first sip confirms an inherent richness and creamy texture, supported by large tannins that build on the finish. Syrah with this young structure typically evolves slowly, often taking 20 years or more to soften and usually outpacing Cabernet Sauvignon from the same vintage. Drink now through 2020.

-Douglas Danielak, Winemaker

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About Jade Mountain:

Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of Rhône-style California wines. The winery was founded with the belief that carefully chosen California vineyard sites planted to Rhône grape varieties can achieve quality on a par with the best from France and Australia.

Paras Vineyard, Jade Mountain's flagship vineyard, rests on the upper slopes of Mount Veeder, overlooking the Napa Valley. With rocky vine terraces and eastern exposures reminiscent of the finest Northern Rhône vineyards, Paras Vineyard grows Syrah and other Rhône grapes of truly exciting quality. From this and other select vineyards, Jade Mountain creates Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier and a proprietary southern Rhône-style blend called La Provençale

Jade Mountain uses only the highest-quality grapes and practices traditional winemaking techniques to produce wines displaying intense fruit and spice and silky smoothness on the palate. These wines are appealing in their youth as well as eminently age-worthy.