2010 The Nth Degree Syrah
This Syrah has rich aromas and flavors of dark berry, chocolate, coffee, and spice. Forward yet well-structured tannins complement the toasted oak, yielding a full-bodied wine with a rich, lingering finish.
Prime Livermore Valley, Napa Valley and Arroyo Seco Estate 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 half ton bins and handpicked, sorted, and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters. The Syrah was harvested from Arroyo Seco, Hayes and Marina blocks. The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from Smith and Napa blocks.
Both varietals were fermented in stainless steel tanks and pumped over twice daily.
The wine was aged for 17 months in French, American, and Eastern European oak.