2011 F-104 Starfighter (95% Syrah co-fermented with 5% Viognier)
From a deep garnet color, aromas of ripe red fruits, violets, and a hint of smokiness arise. Soft figs, blueberries, and dark berry cobbler float smoothly across the palate into a lovely finish. 192 cases produced. 13.9% abv.
15 inches of rain in November and December 2010 gave the vines a good post-harvest soaking. Another 20 inches in January to March repeated last year’s assurance there would be plenty of water in the soil. The inch plus in April and May posed potential hazard to cluster development, but was not a problem. In total, the vines received just over 30 inches of rain, slightly above average. The growing season that followed – spring temperatures slightly above average, a cooler summer and a mild fall - gave the grapes a wonderful growing season.