OVID Napa Valley Syrah

Tasting Note

2014 was the third consecutive year of drought in Napa Valley. We received almost no rain in all of 2013 and little rain in 2014 until the storms in February. They provided a bit of respite and relief but were immediately followed by unusually warm temperatures that ushered in an early bud break. A warm, dry growing season followed until August, when temperatures rose just a bit–a harbinger of good things to come. Harvest began early and went quickly. Ours started on September 4th and ended in an exuberant flurry on the 24th, just a day before a locally heavy rain and hailstorm.

The resulting 2014 OVID Syrah is both rich and lush, with deep blue and black fruits, luxuriant texture, and a long persistent finish. Aromas of sage, camphor, blackberry, and licorice – signatures of Syrah – are clearly present, reflective of the red rocky site from which it was born.

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Vintage Data

  • Appellation:
    Napa Valley
  • Soil Type:
    Hambright soil series
  • Harvest Dates:
    September 13-September 20
  • pH Level:
  • Alcohol:
  • Aging:
    22 months