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2018 was an exceptionally long and late vintage and that is immediately evident in the ripe bold character of this Syrah. Although this wine does have our Syrah’s typical violets, white pepper, and leather, the fruit is decidedly darker giving way to ripe blackberries, and fig. The tannins are gripping at first but lengthen as they melt on the palate. Two years in barrel have added to the palate aromas of vanilla, cedar, and clove.
2018 came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. The vines awoke two weeks late due to a cool spring. They had an ample crop which had to be thinned, and then cool weather at the end of September brought an early rain which delayed ripening another week. Vintners braced for the worst, but the next thing we knew the skies cleared, and we enjoyed a slow harvest with beautiful fruit. This was one of our latest harvests and resulted in long hang times, creating complex and fully developed aromas in the wine.
The grapes were harvested early in the morning, then brought to the winery and hand-sorted. They were destemmed into half ton inventors and allowed to cold soak for a week, punched down twice a day during that period. Once inoculated, punch downs continued until the wine was pressed a few days before fermentation completed. Once primary fermentation ended, the Syrah was transferred to barrel and stirred once a month until malolactic fermentation was complete. The wine not found to need any fining and was bottled nine months later.
Syrah, Estrella River Clone
|October 8-18, 2018
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