2011 Axiom® Syrah Alegría Vineyards
92 points & Gold Medal - 2014 Sommelier Challenge Wine Competition
92 points - Rhone Shootout
91 points - Zinfandel Chronicles
90 points - Purely Domestic Wine Report
Classic Syrah aromas emerge as the wine is swirled in the glass—deep, dense blackberry mingles with creamy mocha, warm brown spices, and smoky oak. The opulent, silken mouthfeel reveals juicy concentrated blackberry and plum woven with hints of blueberry, spice, cocoa, and sassafras. Floral notes and traces of caramel, orange zest, and supple tannins in the finish, add interest as the wine broadens and lingers on the palate.
An axiom is a self-evident truth. We call our Syrah “Axiom” because it is evident from the first sniff and sip that this is a classic expression of the Cote Roti tradition of co-fermenting Syrah with Viognier to enhance aroma, mouthfeel, and color.
Our south-facing hillside is planted as a field blend of three clonal selections of Syrah, interplanted with a small amount of Viognier. We carefully hand sorted the clusters in the field as we harvested, and again at the winery, resulting in very flavorful high quality fruit. We fermented with two different selections of yeast and set aside a one-ton lot to ferment with 30% whole clusters.
We aged the wine for 15 months in a combination of barrels carefully selected from different forests and coopers, to add structure and notes of vanilla and spice, while enhancing the spicy berry flavors typical of Russian River Valley Syrah. The result is a delicious reflection of the vineyard and the best of the vintage.