2014 Estate Syrah

  • Varieties:
    100% Syrah
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
  • Vineyard:
  • Alcohol:
  • Acidity:
  • pH:
  • Residual sugar:
  • Date bottled:
    December 13, 2016
  • Cases produced:
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
Early! Budbreak in 2014 was nearly 3 weeks early with great growing conditions: no frost, warm days/cool nights during the growing season with harvest finishing 10 days early. While quality is excellent due to tiny berry size, yields were small due to our 3rd year of drought.

After hand harvesting, the grapes were crushed into a stainless steel fermentor then 24 hours later inoculated with RX-60 yeast. The must was pumped over 2 times daily for 13 days. After pressing and settling and completion of malo-lactic fermentation, the wines were aged for 24 months in French and Hungarian barrels prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Intriguing aromas of spring rose petals and ripe blueberry predominate with subtle oak notes in the background. This wine has layers of supple round tannins and toasty oak followed by an extended, rich finish.

While enjoyable now, this elegant Syrah will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 4-7 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2021-2027.

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.