Calcareous Vineyards 2005 Syrah


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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.

Tasting Notes

  • AA: This is a full-bodied wine. Concentrated flavors of raspberry and chocolate. Very smooth - didn't need decanter time.
  • RLA: What a smooth, fresh fruit wine. Lots of raspberry and other dark fruits. A very long and good finish.
  • JC: Whoa! This full-bodied wine is packed with fresh fruit flavors.
  • TC: This is very big but also very smooth. Lots of fruit flavor.
  • MA: This wine is dark garnet in color with strong legs in the glass. Nose and palate characteristics of fresh, ripe raspberries, chocolate and black pepper. There are subtle oak influences on this wine. The mid-palate to finish is extremly satisfying with a subtle, long finish.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 100% Syrah
Appelation Kiler Canyon Vineyard, Westside of Paso Robles
Type of soil calcareous clay
Harvesting handpicked and hand sorted on ground sheets, prior to destemming and crushing.
Fermentation About 7 days with 4 punchdowns/day
Aging / Cooperage 15 months in new Hungarian oak barrels and used French oak barrels.
Alcohol 15.2% by volume
Other 26.9 Brix, 3.72PH, and 6.08g/L TA.

Vintage Description

2005 was a unique season in many ways. Most of the vineyards had a pretty tough time of it for the past 3 years with very little annual rainfall. The heavens opened up in 2005 allowing the soils to be revitalized and the vines to rebound with abundant spring growth. It was a year for careful vineyard manipulation and irrigation timing. The major issue was crop management. With this in check, we were able to produce wines with wonderful varietal fruitiness.

With a focus on producing Rhone varietals from the Westside of Paso Robles, the 2005 Syrah was selected from the best small lots, harvested from the Kiler Canyon Vineyard. The grapes were hand picked in the vineyard and then hand sorted in the winery. Each small lot was de-stemmed and crushed and fermentation was initiated with specifically selected yeast strains. Four-a-day punch-down began there after and at the end of maceration, the free run wine was separated from the press wine. Each lot was fermented and aged separately until final blending. The barrels used for each of our wines are carefully selected from artesian coopers, making barrels from the best forests within France, Eastern Europe, and America. The 2005 Syrah was aged for 15 months in new Hungarian and used French oak.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The 2005 Syrah is magenta red and purple in color. Dark fruits such as blackberry, cherry, & blueberry dominate the bouquet, complimented by a touch of oak spice and nutmeg. These dark fruits carry through to the mid pallet and finish with soft fruit, vanilla, oak and spice.

About Calcareous Vineyards

Calcareous Vineyards is located on Peachy Canyon Road in the Westside hills of Paso Robles, California. Their goal is to produce the finest Rhone and Bordeaux blends and distinctive Burgundies this region will allow.
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