2016 Starmont Syrah Stanly Ranch Estate
Hand harvested in the early morning from our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard, this wine was made using two different production methods. All of the Syrah was destemmed before going into open-top fermenters, but only a portion was co-fermented with whole cluster Viognier. During fermentaton, the wine was punched down twice daily and spent 14 days on skins with minimal extended maceration. The wine was aged on primary lees for 18 months in French oak then racked only once to blend a few weeks before bottling. New French oak puncheons were used for 30% of the blend which ages the wine more slowly and adds complexity. With proper cellaring, this wine will evolve for the next 3-6 years and hold for at least 8-10 years.
This Syrah is made in a Northern Rhône Côte-Rôtie style, co-fermented with a small percentage of whole cluster Viognier. The Syrah is ripe in style but the Viognier adds a floral note that helps to restrain the fruit and add complexity. With flavors of black fruits, hints of mineral and some black pepper notes, the 2016 Starmont Stanly Ranch Estate Syrah is a big, rich wine that will age nicely and match very well with food.