Russian River Valley
November 1, 2009
17 months French Oak, 15% new
May 5, 2011
2009 Odyssey Syrah Russian River Valley
Aromas and flavors are akin to the 2006 with dried herb, smoked meat, green olive and a core of blueberry/blackberry fruit. With the olive and herb components the Odyssey is an incredible food wine. Whether preparing lamb with an herb rub, or perhaps chicken in a Cacciatore sauce with ample amounts of green olives, the Odyssey will accompany the dish exceptionally well.
The three-acre vineyard is tended by the passionate viticulturist, Margaret Chastain, who tends to clones 877, 174 and Estrella that contribute to produce Enkidu’s most complex wine. Syrah grown in the cool climate of RRV produces more balanced wines than elsewhere, and coupled with multiple clones and solid organic vineyard practices, the Odyssey Syrah is our most compelling wine, vintage after vintage.
With the Odyssey, the normal 25% whole-cluster addition to the fermentation was reduced to 15% for 2009 in response to the vintage. The stems will contribute a spice component along with adding structure. The 2009 Odyssey was inoculated after a four-day ambient soak. We pump over twice daily before fermentation begins, and then punch down twice daily during fermentation. In barrel for 16 – 18 months. The wine was then be bottled unfiltered.