2004 Scholium Project - Scythia Donati Vineyards (Syrah) 750ml

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2004 Scholium Project - Scythia Donati Vineyards (Syrah)
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International Wine Cellar | 90

($45; syrah planted on sea shells) Deep ruby. Crushed dark berries, smoke and minerals on the varietally accurate nose. A juicy, dry, intense and tightly wound fruit bomb, with a crushed berry character and a whiff of bitter chocolate reduction. Syrah in a rather Old World style, with an exhilarating sugar/acid balance and lovely length. Fresher than a wine with a 3.95 pH has any right to be. This vineyard was grafted over to pinot grigio after the 2004 harvest, said Schoener.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Vinfolio | 94

The wine is immediately rich and forward, with aromas of pulverized huckleberries and hints of smoke infused plum. The flavors are refreshingly pure and straightforward with a layered feel to the intense black and purple skinned stone fruits.

Drink Dates: 2006-2010
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 45

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About This Producer


The Scholium Project, made by Abe Schoener, pushes the envelope of expectation in wines, producing esoteric varieties from somewhat obscure vineyards througout northern California. Schoener, who completed his graduate work in Ancient Greek Philosophy, concentrated on Homer. His label's name translates to "school, schooling" from Greek, and signifies an undertaking for the sake of learning, paralleling his winemaking journey. Schoener took a sabbatical from teaching in 1998 to work as an intern at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley before moving on to work in the cellars of Luna. He then began the Scholium Project in 2004, entitling wines using proprietary names rather than varieties. In the cellar, Schoener allows his wines to take their own natural course by leaving them undisturbed in the barrel, not sulfuring or topping off - instead he allows the fermentation to develop a ripeness particular to wine, not fruit. Scholium Project wines are extremely limited in production.

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