Syrah, ‘Eisele Vineyard’, Araujo
Syrah was first planted on the estate in 1978. After making wine from the few remaining vines in 1991 and 1993, a serious commitment to this ancient and noble grape was made, increasing the plantings in the vineyard. Eisele Syrah is a profound, mysteriously compelling wine that reveals yet another aspect of the Eisele Vineyard’s unique terroir.
With heavy spring rains that ended a three year drought, the 2010 growing season began late, with cool spring temperatures delaying budbreak in the vineyard. Cool, showery weather persisted through May and then finally more normal temperatures returned in June for good weather at bloom and fruit set. Despite an intense heat spike in late August, the cooler overall temperatures and the long growing season allowed the grapes to maintain beautiful acidity and develop fine tannins, while warm weather in September brought the fruit to full maturity. The leisurely harvest began on September 16th and finished the 30th, about one week later than average, but in advance of fall rains that followed in October. The clusters were hand-picked in prime condition in the cool morning hours, then fermented in small tanks and aged in French oak barrels for 21 months; the wine was bottled in July, 2012. The grapes were certified ‘Organic’ by California Certified Organic Farmers and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter.