Michaud Syrah 2003 is from the prized Chalone appellation in Monterey, California. This Chalone Appellation California Shiraz is supple and substantial in weight on the palate. Moderate, silky tannins surround vivid flavors of blackcherry and blackberry, with a hint of black pepper. A pleasant mineral-earthiness and restrained oak complement the flavors and extend the harmonious finish. Michaud Syrah 2003 is an award winning wine that will please Syrah wine lovers, and of course if you are from outside the United States, Shiraz wine lover (Syrah is called Shiraz in many countries). Only 426 cases produced. Drink now through 2016.
For nearly 30 years, winemaker Michael Michaud has been making wine from grapes grown in the Chalone Appellation, giving him more experience in this appellation than any other winemaker. Michael's admiration and respect for the intense conditions of Monterey County's Chalone Appellation high in the Gabilan Range began when he became assistant winemaker to the legendary Richard Graff at Chalone Vineyard in 1979. In 1983 he took the reins as winemaker and was responsible for the subsequent 15 vintages at Chalone. Reknown wine critic Robert Parker has written favorably of his wines, particularly those made since 1990, calling Chalone "the Montrachet of California."
Produced in very small quantities, Michaud wines are made in a style that reflects both the mineral characters of the soil and the dynamic climate. The Chardonnay expresses ripe fruit characters of apricot, nectarine and peach while the Pinot Blanc has aromas and flavors of tangerine, honey and crème brulee. The Pinot Noir suggests black cherry, blackberry and black currant. The Sangiovese is reminiscent of cranberries and pomegranates. The Syrah has flavors and aromas similar to black cherries, blueberries, black raspberries and a bit of black pepper. The fruit flavors are complemented by subtle spiciness and nuances of oak from the 3-year air-dried French oak barrels in which the wines are fermented and aged. Above all, the wines retain a balance with refreshing acidity, a satisfying weight and texture in the mouth, multiple layers of flavor and a long elegant finish.
RATINGS: 8.9 POINTS OF 10 - Rhone Rangers Wine Testing Competition
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah, Estate grown
Barrel Aging: 20 months, 18 barrels were produced
French Oak: Siruge, Remond, Latour 3-year air-dried wood, mostly Allier 20% new barrels 80% 1-3 yr old barrels
Optimum Time for Consumption: 2006-2016+
Harvest Date: 10/09/03
Grape Acidity: 7.25 g/L
Grape pH: 3.48
Sugar at Harvest: 23.6° Brix
Bottling Date: 06/20/05
Wine Acidity: 6.6 g/L
Wine pH: 3.51
Wine Alcohol: 14.1%
Release Date: September, 2006
Case Production: 426
Wine Makers Notes:
"We planted a few cuttings of a rare selection of Syrah in 1988. Cuttings from those nine vines were propagated and two acres were planted in 1999, another 1/2 acre wasplanted in 2000. Syrah seems to thrive in this appellation. The rocky mineral laden soil restrains Syrah's naturai vigor, and this grape produces smaller clusters than most strains of Syrah elsewhere in the state. The wine coming from these vines is very dark, supple and substantial in weight on the palate. Moderate, silky tannins surround vivid flavors of blackcherry and blackberry, with a hint of black pepper. A pleasant mineral-earthiness and restrained oak complement the flavors and extend the harmonious finish. Food pairings - Some of the food we like to serve with this wine are: grilled steak, prime rib,guinea hen, sausage, mushroom risotto, and grilled eggplant.