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2012 The Octopod,
Syrah

Furlong Estates Vineyard, Alexander Valley

The Octopod is 100% Syrah sourced from the Furlong Estates Vineyard located at the northwest end of the Alexander Valley, just south of Cloverdale. The steep sloped, well-drained rocky soil produces small, intensely flavored grapes. The mixture of Syrah clones spread throughout the 3.5-acre block adds to the complexity of flavors and aromas produced from these grapes.

The grapes were harvested early in the morning on October 7th. The grape bunches were hand-sorted and destemmed into half-ton macro bins which had a layer of whole bunches spread on the bottom of the bin. The bins were then left to cold soak for a period of five days. Fermentation took place in half-ton lots with a variety of yeast being used. The must was punched down by hand 3-5 times a day during fermentation. The wine was pressed into oak barrels where it underwent its secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked once off its lees at the end of malolactic fermentation.

It was then aged for 26 months in a combination of French & American oak barrels (20% new)

This well-balanced Syrah is dark and brooding with ripe fruit flavors and a hint of spice. This full-bodied wine finishes with plenty of fruit, balanced acidity and well structured, velvety tannins. A great wine to enjoy with a hearty meal, The Octopod rises from the depths and grabs hold of you, dragging you back for more!

Enjoy now and over the next 5–8 years.

Cases Produced: 256

$24 (750-ml Bottle)

$259 (12 Bottle Case – 10% Discount)

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