2005 Axiom Syrah® Alegría Vineyards
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast
Ripe dark berries, baking spices, and smoky vanilla aromas introduce you to this alluring wine hinting at pleasures to come. Well-integrated tannins and oak create a smooth wine with dark chewy edges.
Softening tannins surround luscious and intense flavors of rich berry, ripe plum, mocha, and caramel. Notes of cherry cola and leather round out the expansive finish. The Viognier contributes a floral essence and a softness to this robust and full-bodied wine. This earthy, yet sophisticated wine will develop with age.
An axiom is a self-evident truth. We call our Syrah “Axiom” because it is obvious from the first sip that this is a classic expression of Syrah. It reflects the cool climate and long growing season at Alegría Vineyards that accentuates Syrah’s spicy berry character.
When we planted Syrah on the south slope of our hill in 1991, we inter-planted a small number of Viognier vines. The Viognier grapes are picked and co-fermented with the Syrah to enhance aroma, color, and flavor. Aging the wine in a carefully selected mix of French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels added structure and notes of vanilla that enhance this vintage.
2005 was an exceptionally cool growing season. We waited until late October for the grapes to ripen fully, and our patience was rewarded. The combination of our microclimate, our careful selection of clones and barrels, and the skill and experience of our consulting winemaker, Alison Doran, created a luscious, full-bodied, age-worthy Syrah.