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Pharaoh Moans Paso Robles Syrah 2010

PharaohMoans front label - Paso Robles Syrah

Our Syrah/Grenache Rhone-style blend from the Westside appellation of Paso Robles continues to garner the highest praises from the press, trade and most importantly, you! We encourage you to secure your allocation (one pyramid) of PharaohMoans 2010 by April 15, 2012.

Our Syrah/Grenache Rhone-style blend from the Westside appellation in Paso Robles is composed of 92% Syrah and 8% Grenache. The 2010 growing season received 30 inches of rain compared to only 10 inches in the two prior growing seasons. This bountiful rainfall allowed our heavy limestone soil to better integrate the nutrients and create ideal maturation by the time we harvested the grapes in late September. Our yields were slightly below average at 2.3 tons/acre when we picked at 27 brix and at a beautiful, ripe acidity of 6.7 grams. After three weeks of fermentation, the 2010 was aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak (Tarransaud and Saury) and 30% neutral French oak (total 12 barrels).

"Along the same lines, the 2010 Westside (same blend as the 2011 yet with a touch less new oak) is slightly richer and more plush, with notions of cassis, black raspberry, tobacco smoke and chocolate giving way to a full-bodied, decadent Syrah that has silky tannin and no hard edges. Enjoy it through 2018. Drink now-2018."
- Wine Advocate, August 2013

2010 SYRAH
"The 2010 Syrah boasts serious depth and power. A big, large-scaled wine, the 2010 fleshes out in the glass nicely. Black fruit, menthol and spices meld into crushed rocks and leather. The style is very ripe, but there appears to be good potential for this project moving forward. In 2010 the blend is 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache."
- Antonio Galloni, July 2013

"Delivers a firm, vibrant mix of roasted coffee, dark and dried berry, mineral, cedar, pencil lead and dried licorice. An intriguing mix of flavors. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2024."
- J.L., Wine Spectator, December 31, 2012

2010 SYRAH, TOP 100 WINES - RobbReport's Holiday Host's Guide
"Though its name is tongue-in-cheek, this blend of Syrah and Grenache is a true treat for the taste buds, evoking notes of concentrated blackberry, espresso, and smoked meat."
- Brett Anderson, "Winter Vintages: Our 100 favorite wines for the season", RobbReport Holiday 2012 Host's Guide

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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