At harvest, the grapes were gently crushed, then fermented in small lots following several
days of cold soak, using a variety of yeast strains isolated from the Rhône valley. When
complete, the wine was dejuiced through large stainless steel strainers, then gently
transferred to one-, two- and three-year-old American oak barrels. The inclusion of older oak
mitigates the intense, direct character often associated with American oak, resulting in a
more balanced, integrated wine. Similar to an Australian Shiraz, the flavors are clean and
berry-driven. The oak acts as a framework providing excellent length and structure,
surrounding the intense, mouth-coating fruit. This wine should age gracefully for five to ten
"Dubbed Amerique because of the use of American oak barrels, this broad, relatively fruity, accessible Syrah splays out across the core palate with a panoply of blueberries, boysenberries, cooked cherries and cassis. That lush fruit plays out against firm tannins, a fine balancing act."
Loved this one out of the bottle and DID give THIS one out for Christmas, as we had intended to do with the Grand Cote from the same vintner. Wish we had more than another bottle sitting around to taste later. This one is big with a good fruit nose. Good tannins without the pucker of some ... We'd take more at a lower price point, but there are better values out there.
Did not really like this. Rather light for a Syrah.