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Syrah 2019

93% Syrah, 7% Viognier · 68 cases

Channel deep summer energy any time of year. Aromas of briney black olive and a classic violet bouquet mingle for an integrated bottle that meets you where you’re at.

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750ml, 13% ABV

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Enjoy With

Gamier meats and earthy flavors like shiitake mushrooms, falafel, and lamb.

Drink When

You’re wearing your stretchy pants to the dinner party. This wine inspires us to keep the grill hot and to cultivate generous hospitality year round.

Martha's Notes

It’s no secret that many winemakers love Syrah and working alongside the team at Pax provides ample opportunity for exploration. Ours is a Californian celebration of a traditional French technique, co-fermenting mountaintop Syrah with a small percentage of white Viognier grapes. When fermented together, the Viognier skins stabilize and deepen Syrah’s inky color (flavanols reacting with anthocyanins to form highly stable polymers) and brings added freshness to Syrah’s gamier notes. Of course the chemistry of why a dark wine becomes darker when adding white grapes wasn’t well understood centuries ago when this practice started in the northern Rhône valley, which is both a testament to legacy and the excitement of applied science.

Specifications

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Vintage:

2019

Alcohol:

13%

Varietal:

93% Syrah, 7% Viognier

Vineyard:

Grist Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; planted in the 1970’s atop Bradford Mountain (1,000’ elevation); farmed according to organic principles; iron-rich red volcanic soils.

Vinification Notes:

Whole cluster (stems intact) co-fermentation of Syrah and Viognier, sealed in a tank for two days (semi-carbonic maceration). After opening the tank, a mixture of punchdowns and pumpovers were used to gently extract tannin. Pressed prior to dryness and aged in neutral oak barrique for 17 months before bottling, and then aged an additional 14 months in bottle before release. Unfined. Unfiltered. Sediment expected.

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