Petite Syrah Napa Valley 2011
About This Wine
On the nose: Dry herbs, rosemary, thyme, strawberry candies, rubber, sage, cherries, prune liquor, clay with hints of white pepper
On the palate: Fruity entrance of strawberry, gooseberry, blueberry lingering on darker cherry, vanilla cream with touches of quinine, star fruit
Blend: 100% Petite Syrah
Napa Valley faced myriad challenges in 2011. A cool and wet spring delayed the growing season and also created major shatter but it allowed the vine to concentrate its effort into the remaining clusters and give them intense flavors. Summer temperatures rarely rose above 90° F. By the beginning of September, the season was weeks behind the norm but it really helped the balance between acidity and ripeness, protecting the acidity from being burned.
In early October, with the forecast calling for significant rain, growers faced a choice: Pick before the rain and settle for less than optimum ripening or hope the grapes would weather the storm. Here at Alpha Omega we decided to pick the vineyards that were not well drained before the rain and the ones that were, after. This decision gave us a diversity of ripeness and profile that truly helped us reach a deep and complex profile.