Our 2008 OGT Syrah is once again a blend of 50% Colson Canyon Syrah, 25% Thompson Syrah, and 25% Tierra Alta Syrah. The Colson brings weight, inky color, and notes of chocolate, violets, and smoke while the Thompson asserts itself with bright red fruit, mouthwatering acidity and solid structure. The Tierra Alta balances out the equation with deep berry flavors and minerality complimented by a hint of white pepper. When we decided to name this wine for our son, Oliver Gunnar Tensley, we knew that each year we would ask ourselves – how does this wine reflect his personality? In this vintage we'd have to say that the Colson represents Oliver's open-heartedness, warmth and friendliness while the Thompson speaks to Oliver's more serious, grounded side. Finally the Tierra Alta reminds us of Oliver's quick wit and sense of fun and spontaneity. Our final OGT blend is a fruit forward Syrah that is rich, viscous and inviting.