Dyer Vineyard is situated on a sunny, northwest hillside of Carneros in the southern part of Napa Valley, where the climate is relatively cool and the fruit ripens slowly and evenly. The soil is composed of clay loam, the slopes provide great drainage, and the vines receive minimal irrigation—ideal conditions for the Napa Cellars 2018 Dyer Syrah.
The Napa Cellars 2018 Dyer Syrah showcases a deep purple hue in the glass. Vivacious aromas of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry jam, fig, graphite on the nose are followed by subtle hints of rose petal, dark toast and molasses. Flavors of rich blueberry notes, dominated by toasty oak and hints of candied blackberry, spiced oak, vanilla and allspice on the finish. This ripe, concentrated, full bodied wine holds a great presence with chewy tannins and excellent length.
The grapes for the 2018 Dyer Syrah were handpicked and crushed immediately. The must was cold soaked for 24 hours prior to fermentation on the skins. Once pressed, a 10 day maceration period helped to eliminate excessive tannin extraction from the seeds. The saignée method of bleeding off some of the pressed juice imparts vivid intensity in the remaining wine. This Syrah was aged exclusively in French oak—55% of which was new—for 22 months.