During our first visit to Dark Horse Vineyards we walked the vineyard to ascertain if it had the right stuff to produce excellent wine. We noted that the vineyard is sited on well-drained soil, that it is composed of the most flavorful clones and rootstock combinations for Syrah, that it is a high density planting so that each vine only has a small crop to ripen, the trellis is modern and the vines are well-tended; all indications that the wine would be excellent. We made our first wine from this vineyard in 2007. We were delighted with the intensity of the initial harvest but, unfortunately, the 2008 vintage was never released due to smokiness from widespread wildfires. This is our third vintage from this field and the results are so stellar that we will continue to purchase this fruit every year we can. It is complex with chocolate, black olives, violets and cinnamon. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.
We fermented these grapes in temperature controlled tanks and manually shoved the skins that floated to the surface back into the bubbling juice.