2004 Buoncristiani Syrah
Wine Specs
Vintage
2004
Cases Handcrafted
265

2004 Buoncristiani Syrah

Still very youthful with a plush, awesome mid-texture.

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/ 750 ml
SKU: BW04SYART

WINEMAKER JAY BUONCRISTIANI'S RECENT TASTING NOTES: 

2004 Syrah - Original artwork featured on the label - “The Conumbium”  265 cases originally crafted.  Plum, mixed berry, white pepper, and baker’s chocolate on the nose.  Earthy spice, slight caramelized cedar, and chocolate-covered blackberry on the palate.  Still very youthful with a plush, awesome mid-texture.  Drink now or over the next 3 to 4 years.

ORIGINAL TECHNICAL NOTES:

The growing conditions of 2004 produced early ripening clusters with small berries full of concentration and excellent quality. Early spring bud break coupled with a warm July and even warmer August and September set the pace for a fast and furious harvest for many. However, our Syrah is strategically sourced from cooler Napa Valley sites to ensure slow and steady ripening that creates an optimum concentration of pigment, tannin, flavor, and Syrah varietal expression. Although harvested earlier than the 2002 and 2003 vintages, we still allowed our 2004 Syrah to hang until the second and third week of October.

To ensure our highest standard of quality, we source this Syrah from growers who adhere to our same strict viticultural philosophy. The '04 blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from Jan Krupp's Stagecoach Vineyard in the Vaca Mountains above Oakville, John Caldwell's Caldwell Vineyard in Coombsville, and Larry Hyde's Syrah 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 2006.

BLEND:   100% Syrah
APPELATION:  Napa Valley
HARVEST:  October 8th through October 16th, 2004
AGING:  Seventeen months in French oak barrels, 33% new oak
CASES:  265
ARTISTICO LABEL:  The Conubium (detail) - painted by A. Buoncristiani