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There seems to be a tannin quality in 2005, at least in the vineyards I worked with, that is quite lovely, and special. The tannins are ample, abundant even, yet they caress tenderly, and never seem to bite. Our Wylie-Fenaughty blend in ’05 is a fine example. The wines from each of the two vineyards displayed lip-smacking tannins right at the outset, not unlike those I’ve found in the Cru Beaujolais from ’05 that are my favorites (Domaine du Vissoux would be a prime example). When the blend was made, late in the Spring of ’06, the tannins married fabulously; the energy they brought to the wine was actually increased, but the sensation was even more tender and pillowy. As always, with this wine, there is also abundant smokiness, and a depth, in which there is a certain ferocity, no doubt from its origins in the wilds of the Sierra foothills: the beast that, over time, becomes civilized, and then elegant. At first the experience of tasting Wylie-Fenaughty is of tension, between the ferocity and the elegance. And when it becomes mature, it’s about the integration of the two, the balancing of poles.


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Winemaker - Steve Edmunds


SKU edm13
Cases Made 320
Country USA
Grape type Syrah
Region California
Release Date 31-Aug-03
Style Red
Vintage 2005

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