2010 Rosella's Vineyard Syrah
Although the summer of 2010 was terrifying for Pinot Noir growers in that it never heated up until late August, it was just right for Syrah. In the coastal California areas where Pinot Noir grows well, it's actually a very cool region for Syrah. Whether it's a hot summer or a cold one, our Syrah from Rosella's Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands always seems to takes its time ripening, and usually comes in between October 20 to November 1. 2010 was right on schedule with the Rosella's Syrah being picked on October 23 in perfect condition.
As with all of our Syrahs since 2006, the 2010 Rosella's Syrah was fermented using whole clusters, meaning stems and all. It's a traditional way to make Syrah as it adds a peppery aroma to the wine. It also adds some tannin, so be patient with this 2010 and lay it down for several years. It should be at its best sometime after 2019. You could also try a 24 hour decanting if you want to taste it soon.