2003 L'Aventure Estate Syrah


  • 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 14 and 21 days on the cap with 3 pump over per day
  • Malolactic fermentation: 100% new oak at 70 degrees F
  • Aging: 100% new French oak barrels
  • Length of aging: 14 months
  • At bottling: Alc=16.4%, residual sugar=2 g/L
  • No fining, no filtering
  • Blend: 100% estate grown Syrah
  • Bottling: April 2005
  • Production: 700 6 pack wooden cases

    Tasting notes:

    Deep ruby hues play across the glass, suggesting the complex play of violets and woodsy aromas. Lush, concentrated and tight, the blueberry and blackberry flavors go on and on, ending in a peppery bang! And, as is characteristic of the vintage, this estate produced Syrah is elegant and rich. You could eat this wine by itself!