Pharaoh Moans Paso Robles Syrah 2005
PharaohMoans 2005 Syrah, our inaugural vintage, is sourced from our vineyards located in the West Paso Robles appellation where sloping hills are broadly exposed to the Pacific Ocean climatic influence characterized by morning fog, warm clear days and nighttime temperatures reaching lows of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Our Westside vineyard exhibits the soil qualities of limestone, clay and traces of quartz, yielding grapes of unique complexity. Our harvest on September 19 at 25.3 brix was strictly controlled to less than 2 tons per acre.
The 2005 vintage offers characteristics of damsons, raspberries and blackcurrants, qualities that are notable in the single vineyard Syrahs of the northern Rhone region.
The name PharaohMoans pays tribute to the birthplace of wine - and plays with the term "pheromones", which of course is the hormonal influence behind a variety of sensory patterns (including consumption of very fine wines) among our kind.
Wine was discovered in Egypt nearly 6,000 years ago, around the time when Hieroglyphs were first used in 3500 BC. The Rosetta Stone was discovered in 1822 and unlocked the written secrets of culture of this ancient civilization. The Egyptian Pharaohs had a great zest for life and the finest things that it had to offer.
Pharaoh Moans reflects our desire to honor the birthplace of wine. The label is printed to reflect papyrus paper-like paper in the shape of the Rosetta Stone using Hieroglyphics to describe our wine and vintage.
We hope you will enjoy this world class rhone-style wine. Nunc Est Bibendum! ("Now we drink!")