The 2002 Gregory Graham Napa Valley Syrah is dark, bold and beautiful, with an intense inky color. The aromas of the wine are classic Syrah consisting of intense blackberry and blueberry, surrounded by rose petal, mocha, and vanilla. The flavors are creamy rich blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, and smoked meats, further enhanced by soft structured tannins and a flavorful finish. This wine calls for heavier fare such as peppered/blackened steak, lamb, or roast duck. It is also an excellent accompaniment to most wild game.
Total production was 350 cases.
Our Napa Valley Syrah was harvested from the Dyer vineyard located on the northern edge of Carneros. This vineyard is situated on a well-exposed hilltop of volcanic loam soils. There, the vines must struggle because the soils were grazed for many years, and the site lacks sufficient nutrients to support much vigor. However, as a result of these conditions, the site produces Syrah grapes with great depth of flavor and color. The Syrah grapes were crushed, cold-soaked for four days, and then fermented in an open top tank using a selected yeast strain. The finished wine was then aged in new oak barrels for 11 months.