Stagiaire, Consistency in Chaos
100% Syrah from a plot planted by Phil Coturri in the '90s. South of Sonoma on the Valley Floor. 33% Whole Cluster. 33% destemmed on top. 33% direct-pressed over the rest. 3 weeks infusion.
From Brent Mayeaux at California's Vanguard:
It really tastes like some fancy Syrah which is what you want I guess. Fruit kinda in the purply and blue spectrum. There is a brightness to it’s darkness. Thin mint girlscout cookies with their cooling breeze effect. Sappy herbs. That good blood thing that turns to the meaty side on day two. I won’t compare this to a french or rhone style wine... bc well it isn’t really standing out as an of them regionally or by producer to me. But some people have said Cornas when tasting. Some have said Beauger. Some have said Stagiaire. It’s from California. 12.9%ABV