2017 SYRAH ESTATE MAGNUM
When we moved onto the Curtis property a few years back, the first thing I did was to graft a weaker block of Viognier to two of my favorite clones of Syrah...383 and 471. Both clones are known to yield smaller berries and looser clusters of impossibly dark fruit. Of course the grafting was a gamble, like everything else in farming. Luckily this “new block” was wonderful right out of the gate... the perfect confluence of intuition, place, and luck. We immediately recognized the potential from this block at harvest and during fermentation. We very closely followed several lots through the entire aging cycle in nearly 50% new French Oak. Though this is only our third vintage of these younger vines, this wine was awarded 95+ Points, amongst our highest scores ever.