Jorian Hill 2005 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 1,000 cases of Jorian Hill’s 2005 Syrah were produced. The Syrah was blended with a small amount of estate grown Sangiovese to add complexity to both the aroma and the texture of the wine.  Our 2005 Syrah was aged in a mixture of both new and older French oak barrels.

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 2005 Jorian Hill Syrah displays a deep, ruby red color that is indicative of the wine’s character and depth. On the nose, the wine reveals focused aromas of blueberry, rose petal and cassis, along with understated notes of leather, pepper and cedar. On the palate, red fruits dominate along with hints of more pepper, 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 eight to ten years.

Technical Information

Cases:                          1,000

Composition:               90% Syrah 10% Sangiovese

Harvested:                   October 17th – 21st 2005

Alcohol:                      14.5%

pH:                              3.76

Total Acidity:              0.60 g/100ml

Suggested Retail:        $30.00