Wines

2013 Estate Syrah

  • Varieties:
    100% Syrah
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    25.4
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.9%
  • Acidity:
    0.71g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.58
  • Residual sugar:
    0.03g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    February 24, 2015
  • Cases produced:
    98
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
PERFECT! 2013 HAD GREAT GROWING CONDITIONS, WITH MINIMAL APRIL FROST, WARM DAYS/COOL NIGHTS IN JULY AND AUGUST THEN A FULL INDIAN SUMMER IN MID-SEPTEMBER. VINEYARD YIELDS WERE NORMAL DESPITE LOW WINTER RAINFALL WHILE QUALITY APPEARS EXCELLENT DUE TO SMALL BERRY SIZE.

Winemaking:
After hand harvesting, the grapes were crushed into a stainless steel fermentor then 24 hours later inoculated with D80 yeast. The must was pumped over 2 times daily for 12 days. After pressing and settling and completion of malo-lactic fermentation, the wines were aged for 17 months in French and Hungarian barrels prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Intriguing aromas of ripe blueberry and crushed roses predominate with some spicy oak notes in the background. This wine has layers of supple round tannins and toasty oak followed by an extended, rich finish.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable now, this elegant Syrah will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 3-6 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2016-2020.

Food selection:
This Syrah will enhance a large array of Mediterranean cuisine with a particular affinity for elegant flavor-forward courses. We feel spring lamb is an excellent match.