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2009 Christensen Vineyard Syrah

The 2009 vintage was an exceptionally one, almost throughout CA. We experienced a mild growing season, generally allowing the grapes to hang on the vine until mid-October, ripening them fully up until that point. Then, on October 16 and 17 rain came to Sonoma County, a real dousing of almost 6 inches (1-2 inches were predicted). We had to choose whether to pick our Syrah prior to this rainfall, or take a chance and wait it out. With the Christensen Family Vineyard we chose to pick before the rain set ...

The Christensen Family Vineyard ripened 8 tons of Syrah, picked on October 3 of 2009. Sugars were healthy, between 25.4 and 27.2 brix, and acids remained strong. Most importantly, flavors were superb and we saw a good amount of stem maturity, which allowed us to ferment using 40% whole cluster. We also added approximately 3% Viognier juice from a neighboring Russian River Valley vineyard to all of the Christensen juice. We love doing this type of co-fermentation when the timing allows us to do so, as we think it makes for a more aromatically lifted wine.

The 2009 Novy Christensen Family Vineyard Syrah has already received a 90 Point Rating from Wine Spectator. Their description of this wine was as follows: "Alluring aromas of spice, pepper, wild berry and blackberry lead to melted black licorice and game meat flavors on the full-bodied palate, picking up an leathery espresso edge on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2020"

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