2020 John Anthony Carneros Gap Syrah
"Our first release from a micro-estate adjacent to the home of John Anthony Truchard, prized for its distinct position in the Los Carneros AVA. Deep garnet hues anticipate classic cool-climate aromas of briar fruits, lavender, cracked pepper and cured meat. A high-toned entry leads to enveloping flavors of black cherry, huckleberry and Lucques olive with accents of graphite and smoked game. Tightly wound tannins crescendo with feathery breadth on the finish. A powerfully elegant wine that inaugurates a new era for John Anthony Syrah."
Vintage Notes: Mild weather created ideal conditions at the start of the 2020 growing season, with an early bud break prompted by a relatively dry winter. A warm summer in Napa Valley found moderation in Los Carneros by way of marine breezes from San Pablo Bay. The Syrah crop was marked by small berries that ensured notable structure and concentration.
In the Vineyard:
Year Planted: 1996
Clone: 50% Estrella, 50% Noir
Sub Appellation: Carneros
Vineyard: Carneros Gap Vineyard
Harvest Date: October 2nd, 2020
In the Cellar:
Bottling: 250 Cases Produced
Fermentation: 30% New French Oak
Coopers: Sirugue and Francois Freres
Barrel Age: 20 months