2010 Celebrates Arns 7th Vintage of Arns Syrah from Melanson's Vineyard.
It was a record cool growing season in The Napa Valley. This cooler growing season was out of the norm and required intensive vineyard management from pruning in the Spring through harvest in the Fall. It was a year when thoroughbred vineyard sites naturally rose to the top and offered great fruit. Below normal temperatures persisted throughout the Summer until August. August had the most raging heat spikes of 110F in many vineyards. Following a surprisingly cool early September, we harvested our Syrah on Pritchard Hill on September 29. The harvest ended October 22, with early rains and a change of season. The most compacted harvest on record.
This Syrah has floral dominated overtones with an undercurrent of power and intensity awaiting to explode in the bottle. This wine has true concentration and maintains a theme reminiscent of previous vintages - dynamic, intense, aromatic and alive with great balance and structure. There is a bond between 2005 vintage and 2010 both showing floral, pepper and sage elements with higher, brighter natural acidic overtones and lower alcohols prevailing.
Winemaker: Sandi Belcher
Vineyard: Melanson's on Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley, CA
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Aging: 3 Years in 80-% New French Oak (4 Different Coopers)
Production: 80 cases
Age: 6 - 10 Years
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