2013 Backbone Syrah
Curtains of dark velvet evoke heady fruit-driven aromatics of black cherry cola, wild blueberry, sweet spearmint and clove tobacco. Chewy tannin and savory spice blanket the palate, creating a focused foundation laced with fresh fig, boysenberry reduction, dusty violet and hints of Earl Gray tea. The deep finish echos graphite minerality accompanied by persistent flavors of stewed blackberry, mocha and toasted hazelnut crunch.
The grapes were fermented into 5-ton open top fermenters and pumped over multiple times per day to achieve maximum extraction, which was necessary to match the ripe flavors of the vintage. Aged for 22 months in French and American oak.
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