100% Syrah, fermented whole cluster in wooden puncheons with slight foot treading and then daily light punchdowns for about 3 weeks; aged in neutral wood for 23 months. A dark and slightly savage wine, but not heavy or over-bearing. The wine is marked by the typical black olives and Mediterranean herbs of the vineyard, but is perhaps lighter and more graceful than previous vintages. We ascribe this to more gentle extraction during fermentation, more patience, and less desire to beat the wine up. This wine is slightly backward and needs a couple of years to open up; it should then develop and hold for another decade.
Our last vintage of this wine and surely the best ever. A kind of bitter irony.