2014 Syrah


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Releasing Spring 2019

92 pts – Stephen Tanzer

“Bright ruby-red. Complex aromas of dark berries, spices, espresso and rock are complemented by a smoked meat note. At once dense and nicely delineated, offering lovely inner-mouth energy to the flavors of black fruits, smoke and cocoa powder. Finishes with building, palate-saturating silky tannins, hints of spearmint and charcoal, and excellent length.”

Winemaking Notes

The 2014 vintage produced powerful and expressive wines with excellent color, depth and concentration of dark fruit flavors. The 2014 Syrah is a blend of fruit from Stillwater Vineyard on the Royal Slope and our Canyons Estate Vineyard on Red Mountain. Syrah blocks were hand-harvested along with a small amount of Viognier to be used for co-fermentation. After carefully sorting into small concrete and oak fermenters, the must underwent a three-day cold soak to bleed intense color and supple tannins from the skins. Twice-daily pumping over of the cap during fermentation was followed by gentle basket pressing into new and used French oak puncheons. The final blend was assembled and after a total of 26 months in barrel, was put to bottle and allowed to mature for a further two years prior to release.

Tasting Notes

Ink-black in color with a deep magenta hue. Seductive aromas of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee, black fig and plum meld with sweet, spiced notes of violet, Thai basil, clove and star anise. The wine is powerful and seamless in texture, as black fruits slowly give way to rich, savory flavors of licorice root, cured meat, smoked hickory and tar. Fine, dusty tannins provide tremendous viscosity and depth, while a crushed rock minerality draws out the palate to a long, luxurious finish.






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