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“A classic contemporary expression of Napa Valley.” 

The Drifter
  • Appelation:
    Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
  • Varietal Composition:
    92% Syrah, 6% Petite Syrah, 2% Grenache
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The soil is composed of gravelly clay loam with a strikingly red color. The very rocky soils drain well, helping to stress the vines late in the growing season, concentrating flavors.

With both coastal and inland influences, this area is perfect for creating grapes that retain their acidity and balance while maturing fully. The cold air and fog cool the nights while long, warm days allow the fruit to fully ripen.

The grapes were picked at the peak of ripeness during the early morning hours to preserve maximum fruit expression. The fruit was then immediately sorted meticulously then crushed and sent to stainless cooled tanks to rest and cold soak prior to yeast inoculation for 4 days.

The wines were fermented slowly over 2 weeks with a maximum temperature of 88°F to preserve the color and intense fruit aromas. A averaged total of 25 days on the skins. Aged in a blend of new and lightly seasoned French oak barrels for 21 months.

Each varietal is constantly monitored to insure tannin balance is achieved. We use a mixture of several of the best cooperages including: Leroi, Nadalie, Gamba, Quintessence and Mercurey.

A classic old-world style Syrah with inviting tobacco, cedar and violet notes dominated by with strawberry and raspberry preserves rounded out by hints of clove and dried sage.

Upon entry, ripe raspberries and red plums are complimented by hints of bay leaf, coriander, fennel and vanilla cola. The finish is velvety with long soft tannins.

pH- 3.79

TA- 0.63 g/100mL

RS- Dry

Alc.- 14.5%

Winemaker: Brian Graham

$45 per bottle
$540 per case of 12

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