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2012 Napa Valley Syrah
A deep purple-black color is the first sign that this is a bold, seductive wine. Vibrant aromas of rose petals, brambly raspberry, roasted coffee; black pepper and incense entice the nose. Rich and velvety on the palate from entry to finish, with deep red cherry and berry, bittersweet dark chocolate, and toasty oak flavors and a subtle minerality. Full-bodied, with firm acidity, supple texture and elegant tannins that linger, this complex Syrah has all the hallmarks of Old World winemaking.
Harvest & Vineyard:
From bud-break to harvest, near-perfect conditions resulted in fruit of optimal ripeness, balance and quality. The 2012 vintage is being heralded as one of the Napa Valley's best.
This limited production Syrah comes from the Cortese Vineyards in the hills of Coombsville. The Coombsville appellation, east of the city of Napa, is a crescent-shaped area in the foothills of the Vaca Range, where alluvial soils cover volcanic ash from Mt. George with cobblestone-strewn layers of rich, gravelly loams. This very temperate micro-climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly and steadily. Coombsville wines can often be recognized by their soft but significant tannins.
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