2002 Buoncristiani Syrah
WINEMAKER JAY BUONCRISTIANI'S RECENT TASTING NOTES:
2002 Syrah - Original artwork featured on the label - "Grasp The Light" - 165 cases originally crafted. Dark garnet brick, barely orange in color. Slight bottle bouquet, honey, maple, dried raspberry, cherry, plum, and a hint of white pepper on the nose. Slight molasses, raisin, blackberry, cherry Tootsie Roll on the palate. Soft, silky, yum factor that finishes very pleasant with chocolate-covered blueberry on the finish. Very approachable! Drink now or over the next 1 to 2 years.
ORIGINAL TECHNICAL NOTES:
Patience was tested in the 2002 growing season in the Napa Valley. A wet spring was followed by moderate summer conditions, forecasting a long cool season. The pattern quickly changed and the month of September delivered extremely hot and dry weather causing early accumulation of high sugars and stressed vine canopies. Many winemakers scrambled to pick, fearing the vines and clusters would crash. However, the flavors, acid, and tannins in the grapes did not parallel the dehydration-induced high sugars, so we exercised our patience and took the chance to let the fruit hang. To our delight, waiting for true ripeness paid off. The following month of October was very even and moderately warm, allowing our fruit to reach optimum concentration of pigment, tannin, flavor, and Syrah varietal expression.
To ensure our highest standard of quality, we source this Syrah from vineyards managed with our same strict viticultural philosophy. The ‘02 blend was hand crafted from small one-ton lots harvested exclusively from the Caldwell Vineyard in Coombsville, the Stagecoach Vineyard in the Vaca Mountains above Oakville, and the Hyde 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 in March of 2004.
BLEND: 97% Syrah, 3% Malbec
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
HARVEST: October 20th through October 30th, 2002
AGING: Seventeen months in French oak barrels, 33% new French oak
CASES PRODUCED: 165
ARTISTICO LABEL: Grasp The Light painted by A. Buoncristiani