2009 Buoncristiani Syrah - Artistico
The 2009 growing season was very consistent with evenly moderate temperatures that allowed a balanced crop to cruise to optimum ripeness. The pleasant weather allowed for an initial ‘no rush, no worries’ approach to monitoring the phenolic maturity and flavor development. By harvest in early October just before a heavy rain event we were delighted with the resulting excellent concentration of dark berry flavors, ripe and round fleshy tannin, intense varietal character, and deep dark pigment. 17 Months aging in 40% new French oak barrels rounded out the palate even further, while adding more texture, aroma, and flavor components. Expect to find wild blackberry, violet, blueberry, dark chocolate, white pepper, exotic spice, bright fruit and the Buoncristiani signatures of balance, depth on the mid palate, and a lengthy persistent finish.
To ensure our highest standard of quality, we source this Syrah from vineyards managed with our same strict viticultural philosophy. The ‘09 blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from our block 1800 ft above sea level at Stagecoach Vineyards in the Vaca Mountains above Oakville, and Larry Hyde’s Hyde Las Trancas Vineyard in Oak Knoll. Sourcing and blending Syrah from these ultra premium vineyards helps us create our Artistico profile of uncompromising quality.
The Buoncristiani brothers created the series “Artistico” to fuse winemaking passion with other forms of art expression. Our Syrah label features original artwork to complement our blend for each vintage. The different vineyard and barrel components are blended in several phases creating optimum complexity while retaining balance, varietal character, and superior quality. This wine was aged in barrels for 17 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered in March of 2011.