We think of Syrah as Pinot Noir on steroids, so
great care is taken to prevent excessive harsh tannins in
the wine. Chalone Vineyard Syrah has intense blackberry
and cherry fruit aromas with ripe, soft tannins
and a lengthy finish.
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Wine maker notes
The 2001 vintage is our second release of Chalone
Vineyard Syrah. After four years of experimentation,
we found Syrah does especially well in a southern-facing
section of the vineyard that consists of decomposed
granite. Located at the 1,800-foot elevation, this
block forms its own little Côte Rôtie.
In 2001 the Syrah reached great ripeness levels.
The grapes are 100 percent estate grown, and 100 percent
of the wine was aged in 100 percent French oak
barrels for 18 months. Half of the barrels were new.
We blended in two percent Viognier for spice and
heightened fruitiness and three percent Grenache to
add a touch of perfume.
Wine Acidity: 6.7GM/LTR.
Wine pH: 3.67.
Case Production: 2627.
Our 2001 Syrah should continue
improving for four to seven years. Match this wine`s
intense flavors with hearty beef or pork dishes. It`s also
great with barbecue.
Perched high on the western slopes of the remote Gavilan Mountain Range, 1,800 feet above California’s Salinas Valley, Chalone Vineyard represents a singular convergence of terroir and winemaking. Here thin, well-drained limestone-based soils combine with a sunny, wind-cooled microclimate and limited rainfall to produce fruit of unique richness and character that demonstrate this vineyard’s typicity. Originally planted in 1919, the vineyard’s ability to yield benchmark Chardonnay was discovered when Chalone Wine Group cofounder Dick Graff made his first vintage here in 1966. The time-honored Burgundian techniques he introduced complement the fruit’s inimitable character to create the full bouquet and hedonistic flavors that are Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay’s hallmarks.