2011 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 Wente estate vineyards from Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco, Monterey are selected for The Nth Degreeprogram because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. These elite vineyards receive the utmost care and attention. They are “ultra-farmed”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand, whereby leaves, shoots and clusters are removed to ensure the grape clusters remaining at the time of harvest are of the highest quality. The water is managed so that the vines are perfectly balanced with the correct amount of growth to fully ripen the berries for the optimal level of flavor. The grapes are then hand harvested in the early morning into half ton bins and hand sorted and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters.
Fermentation took place in small one-ton open top bins and the grapes were punched down by hand twice daily. Parts were also fermented in small stainless steel tanks where the must was gently pumped over twice daily. A portion of the Syrah was also fermented in barrel.
The wine was aged for 19 months in French, American, and Eastern European and neutral oak barrels.