From our friends at Cabot Vineyards: Our pride and joy estate vineyard performed wonderfully in this great vintage. Picked on Oct. 24th, with a 3.47 ph, at 24.5, we left this wine on its skins and stems for 60 days past dryness, instead of pressing it out right away. We did this to tame the big tannins this rocky vineyard typically produces. This Syrah was fermented all whole cluster with 10% Viognier. The nose is classic boysenberry, blueberry and black raspberry with a bit of lychee and honeysuckle flower from the Viognier. The palate is lush and full with the bright acids keeping the finish pumping for almost a solid minute. There is a phase… “iron fist in a velvet glove” and that describes this wine quite well. It’s tannins are big and structured but there is silkiness that makes the wine come off with a very smooth texture. It was aged entirely on 5 yr old French barrels. This wine should age effortlessly for 15-20 or more years.