(2011 Vintage) This wine represents our finest barrel of Syrah, selected by Paul from his favorite block of 22-year-old vines. In keeping with our house style, this Syrah is rich and expressive, with a tannin structure that is exceptionally soft.
Appellation America(2002 Vintage) There are some wonderful Syrahs emerging now from the Napa Valley, and this is one of them. Made by Celia Welch Masyczek, who is garnering quite a rep (and who incidentally, happens to be the wife of one of Beaulieu Vineyard’s winemakers, Bob Masyczek), the wine is blue/black in color, not unlike that of Superman’s hair. But on the palate Masyczek (pronounced <I>ma-CHESS-key</I>) has made the wine more resemble Super Woman. Meaning, that there are aromas of toasty, red fruit, while in the front of the palate, the body is soft and understated. But in the middle, there’s an awakening of substantial fruit with evident, balancing tannins for the long haul. Hold onto it for two years and drink it over the following dozen. The wine went into French oak barrels, 65 percent of which were new, for a total of 19 months. The listed alcohol is 14.5 percent and there were 550 cases produced.