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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Paraiso Vineyards Syrah 1999
Paraiso Vineyards Syrah 1999
(search item no. 27345)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Vineyard Seven hillside acres are planted to Syrah on the 400-acre Smith family home estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Richard and Jason Smith planted the vines in 1994, and 1996 is the first vintage to be produced. The vertically trained, double row terraces face south, protected from the wind. The vines benefit from the shelter and the heat which radiates off the hillside to achieve optimal ripeness and expression of varietal Syrah character. The Season The growing season had consistently mild temperatures with little fog and less than usual of our 'Salinas Valley Wind'. The winter was wet with an unusual frost in early March and an early bloom beginning in April. Bloom weather was warm and kind. This, coupled with consistent 80º days through the growing season, contributed to record tonnage and flawless fruit. The Wine The grapes were cold soaked for 24 hours in small open-top fermenters before being inoculated. The must was then hand punched 3 to 4 times daily throughout the fermentation process. The wine was pressed and transferred to a selection of oak barrels where it aged for 10 months. The Paraiso Springs Vineyards Syrah exhibits the saturated red-violet hue traditional for Syrah. Aromas of raspberry and cranberry are set off by vanilla and spice. The bright fruit and creamy oak carry through to the smooth finish, where hints of strawberry and violet linger. Total Production: 700 cases
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About Paraiso Vineyards:

Rich and Claudia Smith arrived in Monterey County in 1973, their children and belongings in the car. Fresh out of college, the young couple was searching for the perfect locale to try out their newly minted U.C. Davis training. Thirty years later, the Smith Family is one of the most influential and respected growers on California’s Central Coast – the Smith Family has been instrumental in Monterey’s rise to prominence as a world-class winegrowing region. Today Rich and his son Jason oversee 3,000 acres of grapes throughout Monterey County, providing fruit to Beringer, Hess, Mondavi, Kendall-Jackson, and many others. In 1988, the Smiths began producing very limited, much sought-after wines under their own P.S.V. banner...

The rugged Santa Lucia Mountains frame Monterey County’s fertile Salinas Valley on the west, separating it from the Pacific Ocean. The famed Santa Lucia Highlands appellation encompasses a series of small alluvial terraces on the lower slopes of the range – perfect for boutique growers of world-class Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. The vines of this unique hillside district enjoy cooling ocean breezes and fog from nearby Monterey Bay. The resulting slow, gentle ripening contributes to California’s longest “hang time” – creating exceptional intensity, complexity, and balance in the grapes. Planted in 1973, the sixteen small vineyard plots of Paraiso Springs occupy unique microclimatic niches on the 400-acre estate. With varying elevations and soils, each plot boasts its own terroir, its own special sense of place…

The Smith Family has earned its reputation through constant experimentation and innovation, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Combining time-honored techniques with these latest advances, Rich and Claudia’s son-in-law, winemaker David Fleming, practices his art – hands-on, barrel-by-barrel. The limited release wines of P.S.V. are among the most awarded in the state, eagerly sought after by collectors across the country…