2003 Buoncristiani Syrah
WINEMAKER JAY BUONCRISTIANI'S RECENT TASTING NOTES:
2003 Syrah - Original artwork featured on the label - "Mother One" 234 cases originally crafted. Garnet/brick to slight orange rim. More bottle bouquet than the 2002. Wicker basket, honey, jammy plum with a slight eucalyptus nose. Cherry Jolly Rancher, milk chocolate, blueberry on the palate. Caramell crème brûlée with a soft, plush, round finish. Softer than the 2002. Drink now or over the next 6 months to 1 year.
ORIGINAL TECHNICAL NOTES:
The spring and early summer of 2003 delivered weather full of promise for an exceptional vintage, and with patience through late summer events, the quality expectations were fulfilled. As occurred in the previous vintage, a two-week high heat and low humidity weather pattern at the end of September caused an early accumulation of high sugars and stressed vine canopies. Many winemakers once again scrambled to harvest as they did in the previous year. However, the under-ripe flavor and tannin profiles coupled with elevated acid levels in the grapes indicated it was best to let the fruit hang in spite of high brix. Delightfully, the tail end of September cooled off, bringing down the pseudo sugars (most actually dropped down 1 to 2 brix!) and allowing proper steady ripening. The following month of October was ideally modest and very even, helping our fruit 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 ‘03 blend was hand crafted from small 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 2005.
VARIETY: 100% Syrah
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
HARVEST: October 12th through October 29th, 2003
AGING: Seventeen months in French oak barrels, 33% new French oak
CASES PRODUCED: 234
ARTISTICO LABEL: Mother One painted by A. Buoncristiani