Rocca Family Vineyards

Grigsby Vineyard
2011 Syrah
Yountville

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 110
Vintage

2011

Rocca Family Vineyards

Grigsby Vineyard

Syrah
Yountville

5 cases produced

We present a multilayered, sensuous Syrah from our organically farmed Grigsby Vineyard. Our first pure Syrah for Premiere Napa Valley since 2004, it is a tribute to the magical effect that Napa Valley's cool 2011 growing season had on this variety. It is also a reflection of winemaker Paul Colantuoni's passion for this grape, which began during his years working with Syrah luminaries Bruce Neyers and Ehren Jordan, and deepened while he lived in the Rhône Valley in 2002 and 2003. This wine represents our finest barrel of Syrah, selected by Paul from his favorite block of 22-year-old vines. In keeping with our house style, this Syrah is rich and expressive, with a tannin structure that is exceptionally soft.


Aging Process

16 months in a single French oak barrique

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.87
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Paul Colantuoni

Winemaker, Rocca Family Vineyards

Winemaker, Paul Colantuoni

Rocca Family's esteemed winemaker, Paul Colantuoni, has had an exciting international career. Paul broke into the business in Napa Valley, where he worked with Robert Mondavi Winery and Neyers Vineyards. He then spent several years in Europe, honing his talents at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and with Brancaia in Maremma on the Mediterranean coast of Tuscany. Paul returned to Napa Valley in 2006, and is now focused on crafting world-class artisanal wines for Rocca Family.

Paul brings a strong scientific background to his craft, having studied Chemical Engineering and Molecular Biology at Princeton University until his senior year, when he changed majors to Italian and set his sights on a career as a winemaker. Paul's remarkable creative talents were inspired and refined by years of working with such renowned figures as Ehren Jordan, Bruce Neyers, Frederic and Daniel Brunier, and Carlo Ferrini.

Country born: United States

Education: Princeton University - Chemical Engineering, Molecular Biology, and Italian

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Our winemaking philosophy is focused on fully realizing the potential of our beautiful estate vineyards. We strive to express their signature qualities as faithfully as possible, by organically growing the very best possible grapes and then staying out of their way with an emphatically non-interventionist approach in the winery.

Kinzie Chophouse

400 North Wells
Suite 210
Chicago  IL  60654
312-822-0191

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