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La Sirena Syrah "Barrett Vineyard" 2005 (Calistoga, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 92]
La Sirena Syrah "Barrett Vineyard" 2005 (Calistoga, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 92]


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Winery: La Sirena
Varietal: Syrah
Region: Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2005
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

The Barrett Vineyard Syrah comes from our own tiny little 2 acre vineyard at the foot of Mount St. Helena. This is an extremely steep and rocky site and produces an incredibly layered and complex wine. I have been a fan of Syrah and Rhone wines for many years and we have been making Syrah at La Sirena since 2000. I make Syrah from both Napa Valley and Santa Ynez grapes as well as our estate Barrett Vineyards. I find the fruit to be quite distinct by vineyard so I decided to bottle them separately to show off their individual characteristics. This variety can make wonderful wine in a range of growing regions, soil types, and climates. It is a pleasure to work with, fun to make, and even better… it simply makes delicious wine!

Alcohol: 14.9%
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: October 11, 2005
Months in Barrel: 22 Months
Oak: 100% French
Special Designation: Barrett Vineyard
Year: 2005
Production: 398 cases. (750 ml. bottles), 10 cases Magnums

What Does It Taste Like?

"This Syrah is the most layered of the three La Sirena Syrah’s. It is very dark with multi-layered aromas of ripe cherry and plum, and smoked meat. A round mouth feel and flavors of black plum, dried herb, pomegranate, and a bit of mineral lead to a juicy lengthy finish. I love the balance of this wine. Ripeness was optimum from this tiny estate vineyard. This is the second wine made from this little 2-acre block, The soil is quite rocky and it has some steep sections that produce tiny flavorful grapes. The resulting wine shows the concentration that comes from farming this scrappy little vineyard. It is a beauty from start to finish, rich and elegant with fine balance."
- Heidi Peterson Barrett, Winemaker/Owner, La Sirena

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2005 Syrah Barrett Vineyard is a meaty, earthy, Northern Rhone-styled effort displaying notions of tapenade, pepper, bouquet garni, and sweet black fruits along with moderate tannin and a long finish. This will be the least accessible of this trio in its youth as well as the longest-lived. Anticipated maturity: now-2015.

La Sirena is the personal project of Heidi Barrett, the well-known wine consultant and wife of Chateau Montelena’s Bo Barrett. The three Syrah cuvees range from vineyards in the southern Santa Ynez region, to the northern end of Napa Valley from the Barrett Vineyard in Calistoga. All three are different." -Robert Parker, (12/2008)

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