OVID Napa Valley Syrah
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.
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.