2003 L'Aventure Syrah

Winemaking:

  • Picked by hand, with grape selection upon arrival at the winery
  • Cold maceration (around 50 degrees F) before fermentation
  • Temperature controlled during fermentation and maceration (between 80-85 degrees F)
  • Maceration: between 12 and 18 days on the cap with 3 pump over per day
  • Malolactic fermentation: 100% oak at 70 degrees F
  • Aging: 80% in new French oak barrels, and 20% in 1 year old French oak barrels
  • Length of aging: 15 months
  • At bottling: Alc=15.1%, residual sugar=1.8g/L
  • No fining, no filtering
  • Blend: 100% Syrah, from several west side Paso Robles vineyards
  • Bottling: April 2005
  • Production: 445 12 pack wooden cases

    Tasting notes:

    Soft aromas of raspberry, tea leaf, pepper, leather and spice make this the most elegant and classic L'Aventure syrah to date. Delicate berry and violet flavors are buoyed by licorice and pepper on the palate. This wine will be a welcomed foil to grilled veggies and fish, as well as to barbecued chicken. And it's heaven with mushroom risotto!
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