Syrah has been a grape variety that we have worked with since 1991 that each vintage produces an incredible wine that presents a delicious contrast to our Sangiovesi. In my younger years, I would travel to the Northern Rhône regions of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage and be moved by their ability to produce world-class Syrah. This wine is an homage to those classic Syrah wines, with a Tuscan flair to it. Classified as a Colli Toscana Centrale IGT, our Syrah comes from two vineyards with southern exposure – Case Via and Pecille. We manage our parcels of Syrah with the same care and meticulous vineyard management as our Sangiovese, focusing on biodynamic farming with careful cluster selection in the vineyard to create lower yields of more concentrated, beautifully matured fruit that is harvested by hand. In the cellar, after a second selection process, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks, extracting the dark berry fruit flavors of the variety and the complex structure and savory, herbaceous qualities that the terroir layers onto the wine. After fermentation, the wine is aged in a mixture of Troncais and Allier French oak barrels – 50% new – for 12 months before bottling. On average, we produce only 6,000 bottles of this wine.
With this release, we wanted you to truly be able to understand and appreciate the potential for Syrah in this area, so we have gone into our cellar and put together a very small quantity of bottles from four very different vintages, so you can taste the development of the variety over time and see just how spectacular Syrah from our part of Tuscany can be.
91 Points, Daniel Thomases, Robert Parker Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Case Via Syrah is the most successful wine in the lineup, and the late summer heat was obviously beneficial to this variety. Very dark and saturated in color, its roasted blackberry fruit, smoked meat, and mineral aromas are followed by a round, ample, and deep palate, concentrated but polished and velvety in texture, sweet, warm, and enveloping on the finish. There is very little in terms of a track record in judging Tuscan Syrah, but I would opt for drinking the wine between 2004 and 2014.”