Jorian Hill 2004 Syrah

Philosophy

Jorian Hill is dedicated to crafting exceptional small-lot, hillside-grown Syrah and Viognier using sustainably farmed fruit from its Ballard Canyon estate vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. In keeping with its handcrafted approach to winemaking, only 650 cases of Jorian Hill’s inaugural 2004 Syrah were produced. An inviting blend of approximately 90 percent Syrah and 10 percent Sangiovese, the 2004 Syrah was aged in a mixture of both new and older French oak.

The Vineyard & Vines

Planted in 1999, Jorian Hill’s Syrah vines are made up of the French Noir Clone, U.C. Davis Clone 1, and Clone 877. To counter the inherent vigor of Syrah, all three clones have been planted on 1103 P rootstock. In addition to keeping growth in check, this rootstock also allows for good hangtime, producing fruit with exceptional ripeness and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The 2004 Jorian Hill Syrah displays a deep, concentrated inky purple color that hints at the wine’s character and depth. In the bouquet, the wine reveals elegant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, rose petal and cassis, along with understated notes of leather, pepper, cedar and cigar box. On the palate, these enticing aromas are followed by layered flavors of purple plums, subdued fruit, coffee, cocoa and soft spice. Though drinking well now, this balanced Syrah’s rich underlying tannins will ensure that it cellars well for the next five to eight years.

Technical Information

Cases:                          650

Composition:               89.5% Syrah, 10.5% Sangiovese

Harvested:                   October 10-11,19-20, 2004

Alcohol:                      14.3%

pH:                              3.44

Total Acidity:              0.76 g/100ml

Suggested Retail:        $30.00