Here is a situation where the variety is in such a cool site that it does not always ripen properly for red wine in every vintage. These are usually sites that give profound red wines yet with a few misses once in a while when the weather is uncooperative. Fortunately, we make Syrah rosé from most of this vineyard, which is where the entire 2011 vintage for Calypso went.
When Otis Holt converted much of his tiny vineyard (originally planted to Bordeaux varieties) to Syrah for us, he took the opportunity to break it into tiny sub– blocks of many different clones. This gives him (a skilled home winemaker) and us a wonderful ‘palette of colors’ to work with. Only the finest parts of this complex vineyard are selected for this wine and the amounts may vary with the vintage character. Essentially all of the selection and harvesting is done personally by Otis. His understanding of practically each plant, his constant re–thinking of the harvesting plan and his desire to provide me with the material I desire makes this a true collaboration.