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Grapes for the 2004 Red Bicyclette Syrah were sourced from the rocky, windswept southern French regions of the Aude, Minervois, Corbieres and Hersault. These areas are characterized by warm weather, which is particularly beneficial to Syrah, allowing it to achieve optimal ripeness, producing highly concentrated, full-flavored grapes. The 2004 harvest yielded Syrah grapes characterized by deep berry fruit flavors, spicy aromas, mature tannins, and dark purple-to-black color.
Red Bicyclette Syrah grapes were handpicked and cold soaked for four to five days. Fermentation took place on the skins in stainless steel tanks with the temperature increasing gradually to 26 degrees C to ensure maximum fruit flavor and color intensity. After racking, the wine was left to complete its malolactic fermentation. Once fermented to dryness, portions of the wine were aged in stainless steel tanks and in new American and French oak. Upon completion of aging, the components were selected, blended, then fined and filtered.
Color: Deep purple-to-black with violet hues
Bouquet: Rich blueberry and blackberry fruit aromas
Palate: Supple, full and generous with fruit intensity and brown spice
Finish: Integrated tannins allow a lingering, dark-fruit jam finish
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