2005 Buoncristiani Syrah
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2005 Buoncristiani Syrah

The 2005 Syrah is tasting awesome right now!

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2005 Syrah - Original artwork featured on the label - "Infinity" - 348 cases originally crafted.  Dark ruby, garnet, barely any orange rim in appearance.  Violet, boysenberry, tree bark, maple, and blackberry pie on the nose. Yum factor on the palate with plush, velvety tannins. Finishes round and ripe with excellent depth and texture.   Balanced acidity excites the taste buds.   Drink now or over the next 4-6 years. It's tasting awesome right now!


Vintage 2005 provided some early hurdles but with attention to detail in the vineyards and with patience to hold harvest until the late-season warmth, the vintage actually provided the platform for spectacular wines. A cool, late and somewhat wet spring slowed the start of the growing season and the even and relatively moderate summer conditions pointed to a late harvest. Serious crop thinning and canopy management of the excess vigor was therefore imperative to obtain the desired concentration and ripeness levels. These timely actions early on coupled with excellent late-season warmth allowed the slow and steady ripening that we love, creating 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 ‘05 blend was handcrafted from small lots harvested exclusively from the Caldwell Vineyard in Coombsville, the Stagecoach Vineyard in the Vaca Mountains above Oakville, and Larry Hyde’s 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 2007.

BLEND: 100% Syrah


HARVEST: October 14th through November 3rd, 2005

AGING: Seventeen months in French oak barrels, 33% new oak

CASES: 348

ARTISTICO LABEL: Infinity (detail) artwork by A. Buoncristiani, poetic inspiration by N. Buoncristiani