Syrah vines are unique. They do not cease photosynthesis in extreme heat when all other varieties do. Under these conditions, Syrah advances the ripening process when other varieties do not. This phenomenon resulted in an unusual event: the 2018 Syrah from Seven Hills Vineyard was harvested prior to Merlot.
Chalky, baked fruit aromas leap from the glass—blueberry, boysenberry, overly ripe peach and plum. Lilacs and violets accompany the rush while pinches of dry tobacco leaf and loam are slow to the party. At first, the palate is a bit chewy while holding hands with fine, soft tannins. Flavorful blueberry skips side-by-side with blackberry jam and black plum with orange peel running behind while the little ones, bacon and black licorice, powdered in earth, play on the side. – Chuck Reininger, Winemaker