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Rosenblum Cellars Hillside Vineyards Syrah, Sonoma County

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The grapes for this wine were crushed into small open-top fermentors. Following a 2-day cold soak, the must was inoculated using yeasts from the southern and northern part of the Rhône Valley; each strain subtly adding its own unique aromas and flavors. A small batch hand punch-down process was instrumental during fermentation. To enhance the wine, specially designed barrels for Syrah were used. The barrel regimen called for casks from 15 different coopers, with the majority of wood coming from France.

Tasting Notes

This wine was aged in barrels specially designed for Syrah, this opaque-purple wine is incredibly complex and enticing with aromatics and flavors of smoky blackberry, white pepper and herbes de Provence, wrapped in a blanket of cassis with hints of anise.

Food Pairings

Pair this sumptuous Syrah with marinated, grilled elk tenderloin, duck à l’orange or a hearty cassoulet.