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2009 Simpson Vineyard Syrah
The Simpson Vineyard is at the very far northern end of Dry Creek Valley not far from
Pedroncelli Winery. That makes it a very warm spot for Syrah and that, quite frankly,
makes it a challenge. One of the goals we have set for ourselves is to improve the wines we
make from these warmer locations. To do this with the Simpson Vineyard required a bit of
planning. We purposefully blended in a small percentage of Viognier grapes with the Simpson
Syrah. This technique of co-fermenting Viognier with Syrah is used in the Cote-Rotie
region of France to increase the aromatic complexity of the wines and is something that we
felt would truly benefit the Simpson Syrah.
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