2013 Lagniappe Peak Vineyards Pugsley Syrah Blend, Napa Valley
Pugsley exhibits deep, inky red color with a purplish hue.
The nose of this wine is packed with lush black fruit characteristics, black pepper, olive and hints of sweet oak notes.
A lovely wine with fleshy, ripe fruit flavors that carry through the mid-palate; it possesses medium to full body with a silky texture leading to a long finish.
Napa Valley Vintners characterized the 2013 growing conditions in Napa Valley as “early, even and excellent”; that description certainly held true for the Atlas Peak region. Drought conditions continued to prevail, with moderate to light rains throughout the vineyards’ dormant period. Our spring was warm and dry, by comparative standards; and moderate temperatures were the rule during the majority of the growing season. We experienced one week of extended heat spike from late June to early July; a quick reversion to the moderate norm enabled extended maturation and ideal balance of sugars and acids. Temperatures largely remained in the optimal zone through harvest. The one short rain event in September had no impact on fruit quality nor hang time.
Our Syrah and Merlot were harvested on October 8, 2013.
Consistent with our small lot production, our wines are carefully fermented in macro-bins, for 8-10 days, to optimize color extraction and preserve the unique characteristics of our Lagniappe Peak terroir. Malolactic conversion finished in the barrels. The wines are racked three times to separate them from the lees and provide aeration. Our wines are aged in French oak (Syrah 50% new; Merlot 100% new); and bottled (July 22, 2015) following 19 months of barrel aging.
With the characteristics that we are seeing in the wine currently; we believe Pugsley will pair well initially with any grilled meat or game bird. As it develops over the next 10 years, we expect that it will complement a wide range of foods. We especially enjoy grilled, butterflied leg of lamb accompanied by spinach Madeleine and roast fingerling potatoes. It will match spectacularly with hearty seafood dishes, such as a Portuguese fisherman’s stew, New Orleans gumbo or a classic Cioppino, infused with fresh Dungeness crab. For informal occasions we think you will love sharing this wine with family and friends in the backyard; accompanied by buffalo burgers and a side of spicy cole slaw or Rancho Gordo beans. For holidays we think this will pair spectacularly well with Thanksgiving turkey. We also see this as a perfect accompaniment for our New Years’ tradition of cassoulet.