Entering the third year of a drought, the 2009 winter was dry at Hyde Vineyard until unexpected rains in early spring. Bud break was later than usual avoiding any risk of frost damage; persistently mild weather created a long, slow ripening vintage leading to wines of balance and deft concentration.
The fruit is grown on the Hyde Vineyard at the eastern edge of the Los Carneros sub-region of Napa. The plot has a south by southeast exposure and features soils of shallow loam over clay pan, with ancient alluvial fans beneath. The wine is matured for 22 months in French oak barrels (30% new) and is bottled unfined & unfiltered.
The 2009 Californio Syrah exhibits floral, spicy notes in unison with black fruit accents. Delicate and precise on the palate, concentrated flavors of layered black fruit, sweet spice and minerality provide complexity. The minerality combined with freshness extends the wine for a long finish. Rewarding now, it will improve for at least another decade.