The cool Coombsville area known for red fruit was combined with the mountain fruit of Atlas Peak. Being in the cool zone of the warm Napa Valley ensures balance as well as ripeness. The slight dehydration of berries often results in higher intensity. The lots were cold soaked for 3-4 days, then fermented for 10-12 days with the maximum temperatures reaching around 85 degrees.
If one could take a bunch of perfectly ripe Syrah grapes and extracted the essence of fruit, it would be close to this wine. It is all about purity of fruit. The nose is of blackberry, lavender and herbs. The initial flavors are clean, bright, almost as if it came from a cool climate. The oak is subtle. As it warms up, it fills out to reveal a fuller, complex Syrah. It can accompany anything from fish to grilled or gamey food. While it can age for about 10 years, it can be enjoyed for its youthful vibrancy or cellar for a few years as it sheds its acidity and becomes more complex.