Syrah 2011, Aged-in-Bottle for a Year, Is New ReleaseNovember 2nd, 2014
Single-vineyard Syrah from famed Eaglepoint Ranch in Mendocino, Medium-bodied with Intense Flavor
BERKELEY, CALIF. – November 1, 2014 – Carica Wines has just announced the release of its newest, single-vineyard designated Syrah, a 2011 vintage from the famed Eaglepoint Ranch. Medium-bodied and elegant, the wine is 100% Syrah harvested from the organically farmed vineyard sited over 1000 feet above the Ukiah valley in Mendocino County. Released after more than a year of bottle aging, the 2011 Carica Syrah is highly drinkable now and will remain so for at least a decade.
For the Carica 2011 Syrah, winemaker Charlie Dollbaum began with cool-climate fruit hand-harvested from a renowned vineyard, now being organically tended. He made 101 cases in the style he is noted for: concentrated fruit aroma and flavor, with balance and structure. Striving for wine that fully exemplifies the character of the particular varietal he is working with, Dollbaum harvests moderately ripe fruit with just enough sugars and tannins to produce a rich and complex, but always balanced wine.
Two kinds of Syrah grapes were selected for the 2011 Carica Syrah: Estrella River and Clone 877. According to Carica winemaker Dollbaum, “The Estrella River clone contributes rich fruit and earthy flavors, while the Syrah clone 877, always the last to ripen, brings tannic grip to the midpalate.” The wine was aged for 20 months in neutral French oak barrels and American oak barrels. It was bottled unfiltered and unfined on August 14, 2013. With 14.6% alcohol, the 2011 Carica Syrah is an ideal companion for food. Dollbaum suggests pairing this Syrah with spicy, roasted tomato dishes, smoky grilled eggplant, or pepper steak.
Carica 2011 Syrah, and the other Carica wines, are available through the winery’s website, www.CaricaWines.com. The wine retails for $39.00 per bottle.