This is the ninth release of this Syrah from a singular, 14-year-old Syrah vineyard which has 5% Viognier interplanted among the Syrah vines. Thus the wine is a blend of Syrah and Viognier that were picked and fermented together. It is a very shy bearer of fruit... the average yield over the last few years has been right about 1 ton per acre. This is about 2.75 pounds per plant or about 12 clusters per vine. Other wineries brag about low yield at 3 tons per acre... well this is truly low yield, concentrated wine. 2004 was a truly great year to grow Syrah. The resulting wine is fairly big and might even be heavy were it not for the natural acidity that this wine retains due to its cool climate origin. The fruit aromas and flavors are immense and include raspberry, black cherry, strawberry, and dried plums. All in all, this is a fun wine with a truly remarkable pedigree. "Roasted Slope" is the direct translation of "Cote Rotie", one of the most famous vineyards in all of France, where Syrah and Viognier are allowed/encouraged to grow together in the same vineyards.
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