2008 The Nth Degree Syrah
This Syrah has rich aromas and flavors of dark berry, chocolate, coffee, roasted marshmallow and spice. Forward yet well-structured tannins complement the toasted oak, yielding a full-bodied wine with a rich, lingering finish.
Prime Livermore Valley vineyards were selected for the Nth Degree program because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. The vineyards were “ultra-farmed”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand - to pruning, leaf pulling, removing shoots, and thinning clusters, in an effort to ensure that the grape clusters remaining at harvest are of the highest quality. The grapes were harvested in the early morning into 1/2 ton bins and handpicked, sorted, and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and pumped over twice daily.
The Syrah was aged for 17 months in French, American, and Eastern European oak.