Roman Coppola, a Syrah aficionado fond of both the Australian heavyweights as well as the more pedigreed Syrah-based wines from the Northern Rhone, worked with the Inglenook winemaking team to create an estate Syrah that combined the nuance and texture of ‘old world’ Syrah with the powerful fruit of ‘new world’ Syrah. Although Inglenook is primarily planted to Cabernet, Rutherford’s temperate climate, alluvial soils and eastern exposure where our Syrah vines are planted offer envious conditions for producing a rich, opulent wine.
Highly aromatic with a lush, full-body, our 2013 RC Reserve Syrah offers a dramatic bouquet that blends aromas of raspberry, plum, tobacco leaves, and smoke. Balanced acidity and supple tannins support this well structured wine where increasing volume on the palate and notes of blueberries, blackberries, violets, and white chocolate create layers of complexity enlivened by a sting of black pepper on the finish.
Appellation: Rutherford, CA
Ensemble: 99% Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah
Barrel Regimen: 18 months, 50% French Oak, 50% American Oak; 35% New Oak
Vineyard: Gate, S3
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