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 the Inglenook Estate is primarily planted to Cabernet, Rutherford’s temperate climate, alluvial soils, and eastern exposure where the Syrah vines are planted offer envious conditions for producing a rich, opulent wine.
Following a relatively warm winter, the 2015 growing season at Inglenook began early, staying 14 to 21 days ahead of average from budbreak through harvest. Variable weather during flowering in May and limited precipitation for the fourth consecutive year, led to small clusters and low yields in the Syrah blocks. Syrah harvest began with the low vigor areas of the Chateau block on August 21st, and concluded with the west-sloping Gate block on August 28th.
Appellation: Rutherford, CA
Ensemble: 100% Syrah
Barrel Regimen: 18 Months 60% French Oak 40% American Oak 25% New oak
Vineyard: Chateau, Gate
Bottle Date: Jan 2013
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