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2017 High Ground Syrah

Winemaker's Reserve

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Tasting Notes

Right out of the bottle, the High Ground displays complex and spicy aromas of wild berries, leather, and freshly cut violets. With aeration in the glass, more blue and black fruits emerge, balanced by Yorkville's signature acidity. Extended barrel age has added a layer of tannin that will help it age gracefully for many years into the future.

Vineyard Notes

2017 was a tale of two growing seasons. We started the year with a flood that saturated vineyards and led to a late spring. But all worries of a later vintage vanished with the warm summer. 2017 was harvested at a close-to-normal date, with resulting ripe fruit flavors. In the last 20 years, only 2007 and 2015 had more heat accumulation than 2017. The year will also be remembered for the wine country fires. While devastating to our communities, the wines were not affected, since harvest was completed before the fires occurred.

Winemaker Notes

The fruit cold soaked for 24-hours and was inoculated with yeast the next morning. Pumping over the Syrah was adjusted in duration and frequency, depending on taste and yeast activity (one to three times per day). The ferments were pressed off between one and four brix and then returned to tank. Once dry, the wine was racked off lees and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was done in barrel, and upon completion, racked into barrel for 26 months. Though the wine was filtered, owing to its time in barrel, fining was not necessary.


93 Points, Wine Enthusiast 91 Points, James Suckling


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Vintage 2017
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Syrah
Varietal Composition 100% Syrah
Appellation Yorkville Highlands
Harvest Date September 26th - October 9th, 2017
Acid 6.2g/L
PH 3.69
Aging 26 months
Barrel Aging 26 months 50% Neutral Oak 50% New French Oak
Alcohol % 14.2
Size 750 ml