The Cuvee Christine comes mainly from Windsor Oaks, hill top and cool, alongside selected barrels from the family?s single vineyards. The wine making is designed to let the Sonoma fruit sing. 40% whole clusters and indigenous yeasts are used during fermentation, then the wine sees just 35% new oak, to support the fruit and build texture rather than marking the wine with flavour. The bottle we opened showed smoky, spicy dark fruit, fine grained tannins and meaty, savoury tones. The finish revealed the acid structure and blueberry fruit that characterises cool climate Californian syrah. Drinking beautifully now and over the next five years.
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The 2011 Syrah Cuvée Christine is a cross-vineyard blend from various sites. About 40% whole clusters were used along with indigenous yeasts, and the wine spent 22 months in 35% new French oak. There are 800 cases of this attractive wine that came in at 13.9% alcohol. Black cherry, black olive and forest floor scents jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-colored Syrah. Medium-bodied with excellent ripeness, supple tannins and a spicy, peppery, meaty finish, it should drink well for 4-5 years.
Score: 89 Points
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