Semi-Precious Syrah 2021
Semi-Precious Syrah 2021
Semi-Precious Syrah 2021
Semi-Precious Syrah 2021

Semi-Precious Syrah 2021

Regular price $19.95 Sale

Definition of elegance. Gentle power. Semi Precision has an alluring brightness and focus combining aromatic fresh violets and spice and cooked pie and black fruits and structured with a soft but present acid. Mouth and alluring full yet light on the
tongue, elegant, silky tanins. Very long finish and persistence of aroma and flavor. A wine with potential for aging and longevity but approachable and expressive now.

Blend: 100% Syrah
Region: Campo de Borja, Spain
Artist: James Jean
Designer: Beth Elliott
Winemaker: Norrel Robertson
Ships: Worldwide

The idea to use the bourbon barrels came over a dinner years ago that I shared with my buddy Julian Van Winkle at a Southern Foodways Alliance meeting at Blackberry Farm in 2001. It was simply an idea that came up in conversation. Hey, let’s do something together. What about putting wine in used Pappy barrels? Okay, I’ll send you some. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen old, used bourbon barrels, but they’re ugly. When the winemakers first saw the barrels, they flat out refused to put wine anywhere near them. But, eventually they did and the result was not only delicious but magical.
The length of time in Van Winkle barrels varies depending on many variables: how many uses they’ve had, the wine, the year, the taste, the balance. There is no set formula but we know the wine we’re trying to create and use the barrels as much as needed to get it. We want the wine to have bourbon influence but still maintain it’s integrity as a fine wine. We don’t want a freaky bourbon wine. Bourbon is an element of complexity not a dominant element. At least that’s our aim.
Many people who taste the wine and don’t know there is bourbon influence would not necessarily smell or taste bourbon in the wine. I like that. I’ve been making this wine since 2005 vintage so we’ve learned a huge amount about the use of these special barrels.