The 2012 growing season was much more typical than 2011, despite much lower rainfall levels. Bud break occurred toward the end of March. With our intensive canopy management, we farmed 2,300 vines per acre at approximately 10-12 clusters per vine, or just under 2 tons per acre yield. We harvested our limestone-rich, Westside blocks in early September, achieving brix levels of 26.9 for the Syrah. The grapes were cold soaked for a couple of days, then tank fermented and pressed 30-35 days later. The juice was gently pumped over at slow speeds to extract the full essence of the fruit. Each lot was then aged in 80% new oak for 18 months prior to bottling. Winemaker Guillaume Fabre blended a touch of Grenache into the PharaohMoans 2012 Syrah. The result: a balanced, fruit-forward wine exhibiting flavors of cherry, raspberry purée, and melted chocolate with smokey and spicy aromas. Good acidity, firm tannins and a strong sense of minerality should allow this wine to age gracefully for 10-15 years.
2012 SYRAH, 95 POINTS
"The brilliant 2012 PharaohMoans is a blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Grenache that was aged in 80% new French oak barrels prior to bottling. A big, rich and fleshy Paso red, it knocks it out of the park with its chocolatey dark fruits, pepper, olive and charred meat-like aromas and flavors. This isn't for those craving delicacy, yet it stays clean and classy, with full-bodied richness, thrilling amounts of texture and a seamless, focused finish. There's not a track record here with regards to aging, yet this should be better in another year and have at least a decade of prime drinking."
- Wine Advocate, August 2014
As you are aware, the PharaohMoans label is a replica of the Rosetta Stone, which in 1822 finally decoded the hieroglyphic script. The dull text (which refers to tax breaks for priests) was inscribed in three languages, Greek, demotic Egyptian and hieroglyphics. We've just learned about a recent discovery at the British Museum of a fourth language on the Rosetta stone. The relic was fought over by French and British troops at the end of the Napoleonic wars, and finally taken to London. On the side of the stone, painted in English, one can read, "Captured in Egypt by the British Army in 1801." We think our English label inspired them to check!
We hope you will enjoy this world class rhone-style wine. Nunc Est Bibendum! ("Now we drink!")
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