OVID Napa Valley Syrah

Tasting Note

The 2010 vintage was an unusually long and cool growing season in Napa Valley. At OVID, this more European-styled season of delay rewarded our extraordinary patience and meticulous care, yielding strong and tender grapes that were optimally ripened. Harvest stretched late into the season, finishing just a day before the rains.

The 2010 OVID Syrah was 100% barrel fermented in Burgundy and Bordeaux barrels, using a traditional method of keeping some of the grape clusters whole in the fermenting process to add structure, tannins and additional complexity. The resulting wine is a bold yet refined 100% Syrah Noir wine, with notes of blueberry pie, black peppercorn, rose petals and fresh blackberry. A wine of undeniable weight and length, the 2010 Syrah is at once richly dense and seamlessly lithe.

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Antonio Galloni

The 2010 is beautifully delineated and nuanced from start to finish.

The 2010 Syrah is markedly different than the 2009. Here the cold, long growing season yielded a wine with much more varietal character to play off the characteristic rich blue and black fruit. The 2010 is beautifully delineated and nuanced from start to finish. A wine of extraordinary beauty, today the 2010 is quite primary and in need of further bottle age. Still, readers will have a very hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine.