Russian River Valley
October 24, 2005
16 months French Oak, 33% new
April 10, 2007
2005 Odyssey Syrah - Russian River Valley
"…rich aromas of black currant, cassis, and notes of roasted coffee…lush fruity attack with good concentration and texture and rounded tannins…" ~ RP
Gold Medal - 2007 Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition Wine of the Week - "Santa Rosa Press Democrat"
The RRV is home to many world-class vineyards, and Odyssey is blessed by its position in this fantastic appellation. The three-acre vineyard is tended by the passionate viticulturist Margaret Chastain, who tends to clones 877, 174, and Estrella which contribute to Enkidu's most complex wine.
With the Odyssey we add up to 25% whole-clusters to the fermentation vessel. The stems contribute a spice component along with adding structure. The '05 Odyssey underwent a native yeast fermentation which commenced after a four-day ambient soak. We did 2x daily pump-overs, and then did 2x daily punchdowns during fermentation. The wine is barrel aged in French oak - 33% new - for 16 months. Racking and splashing in the barrel occurs every four months, and the wine is bottled unfiltered.
The more moderate 2005 vintage actually produced a more tannic, structured wine that the warmer 2004 and 2006 vintages. However, all of these wines are consistent in their complexity, the 2005 exhibiting black cherry, green olive, menthol herbs, orange rind, and smoked meat. The exotic Odyssey is a pure joy to drink.