2013 Backbone Syrah

Large Format Bottles
Larger wine bottle sizes are well suited to longer aging of Bordeaux and Rhone style wines. Wine from larger format wine bottles tend to age more slowly, and possibly even develop more complexity and nuances than wines from smaller wine bottle sizes. This is due to the smaller amount of air that resides between the cork and the wine. The surface to air ratio between the wine and the bottom of the cork is called ullage. The amount of ullage can either oxidize the wine, causing it to age prematurely, or develop at a slower pace of maturity. This takes because because the more air the surface of the wine is exposed to, the faster the wine is going to develop. That is why half bottles develop so much faster than large format bottles.

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.

Tasting Notes 
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.

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Vineyard Notes

Vineyard Notes
The Cass Estate Vineyard, located southeast of the town of Paso Robles, exemplifies the quality of the Paso Robles region with its warm days, cool coastal breezes, and exceptional soils. Resting at 900 feet of elevation, the 160-acre vineyard is planted to 11 varieties on a large terrace above the Huer Huero River. Deposited over centuries, the diverse alluvial soils make for an expressive site that produces fruit of incredible quality.

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Paso Robles
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Gold Medal 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition