Initially vibrant, rich and fruit forward in the glass, the 2016 Syrah from Grand Ciel Vineyard gradually unveils smoke, grilled meat and lavender blossom, with a hint of tangerine pith. This incredibly savory and inviting nose is supported on the palate with generous blackberry and tapenade flavors and demonstrates marvelous balance throughout. Building in intensity with subsequent tastes, this wine nevertheless retains its tension, and should age beautifully.
Cold soaked 24-36 houts, fermented 12-14 days on skin, partial native yeast aged 20 months in French oak (30% new).
100% Syrah. At Grand Ciel, Syrah has taken on a whole new dimension. Time-honored traditional methods & modern French clones are combined with the unique climate & the sandy loam, volcanic-ash soils of Red Mountain.
Food Pairing Notes
Rich roasted foods such as risottos with wild mushrooms, herb crusted lamb or marbled cuts of beef are wonderful Syrah pairings along with fresh cheeses such as triple cream brie or a softer blue cheese.
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