Delayed in Glass is easily one of the more interesting names we've encountered. While coming off fanciful, it does send a message that the true flavors of the wine need to be brought out through aging. No argument there.
But, this wine was also delayed in barrel. It spent 32 months in oak barrels before bottling. This procedure can produce wines of astounding clarity and complexity. But it can also be a nightmare because the wines can develop bacteria with prolonged barrel aging, so they must be monitored closely. This obviously is a very costly process.
The extended aging softens the rough edges of the wine. And because the grapes for this selection come from one of the best Syrah vineyards in Santa Barbara County, White Hawk, the extra aging only improves the final product.
The grapes are chilled before fermentation to slow down the process and extract as much flavor and color as possible. Fermentation takes 30 days, instead of the average 15, further extracting color and flavor.
The result, as you can imagine, is nothing short of extraordinary. Blackberry, cherry, almond and earth tones abound here and last for days. The flavors are bold and assertive, but not to the point of inflicting pain! Because of the aging, all of the flavors are balanced, seductive and sublime.