Nose

Aromas of cigar, leather, and smoked meat fill the nose with hints of toasty oak, forest floor and baking spice.

Palate

Sweet tannins support big fruit flavors of blackberry jam, black spiced cherries with a hint of rhubarb.

Growing Conditions

The Laborde Syrah vineyard was planted by a double massal selection of Syrah vines brought back from France’s Rhone Valley over half century ago by renowned viticulturist, Luis Laborde. High altitude vineyard from 3.500 ft. Cool nights and a wide thermal amplitude. In fact, temperature decreases approximately 1°C for every 100m increase in height. Plant respiration at night is a key physiological process that is highly influenced by temperature. Cool temperatures in high altitude regions allow for lower respiration rates, which enhances the concentration of malic acid in the berries. Therefore, wines sourced from high altitude regions offer higher acid levels. Cooler temperatures also allow berries to maintain other quality such as anthocyanins and aromatics compounds typical of each variety. Soil profiles: Silt loamy soil, alluvial riverbed stones.

Aging

12 months in 35% new French and 65% second and third use French barrel

Appearance

Beautiful deep purple color

Food Pairing

Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats such as beef, pork and lamb, and dishes prepared with mild cheese or wild mushrooms.