This Syrah has mouth filling dark fruit flavors of black cherry, earth, and smoke with medium tannins and a smooth, spicy finish.
Wine Color: Red
Varietals: 80% Syrah, 9% Counoise, 8% Grenache, 3% Mouvedre
Appellation: Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay
Winemaker: Karl D. Wente
In 1918, Ernest and Herman Wente began raising Shorthorn cattle in the southern hills and ridge lands bordering the Livermore Valley. This ranching endeavor helped Wente Vineyards survive Prohibition and the Depression years. Years later, the hills and canyons were selected for vineyard sites. Slopes and soils were identified as ideal for growing outstanding Syrah. Shorthorn Canyon Syrah is the Wente family’s tribute to 125 years of winemaking and ranching in the Livermore Valley.
Each vineyard was harvested separately and fermented in upright fermenters. Rack and return was performed twice daily. Rack and return is the process of draining all of the free-run juice off of the cap, then pumping the free-run juice back over the top of the fermenter. This method increases color and tannin extraction and improves mouthfeel through the integration of oxygen.
This wine was aged for 19 months in a combination of American, French, Eastern European, and neutral oak.