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.
A winter with average rainfall, following four years of drought, provided ample soil moisture to kick off the 2016 growing season. Early spring was warm, triggering rapid, healthy canopy growth. Average late-spring temperatures and limited rainfall reduced the risk of frost during mid-May bloom, ensuring average yields. June closed with a heat spell, slowing vine canopy growth at the ideal time. Inglenook’s Syrah harvest began under excellent conditions in the Gate blocks on August 31st and ended with the final Chateau blocks on September 12th.
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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