Palate

"This cool climate brings out the savory characteristics of the variety, as opposed to its jammy, fruity side, and one finds here aromas and flavors of smoked meats, white pepper, green olive and grapefruit, with an almost Pinot-like texture and balance on the palate; definitely not an overblown Shiraz style

Growing Conditions

1.5L/$135.00 2014 was another classic vintage, if early. A mild winter and spring caused an early bud break followed by consistent temperatures throughout the summer, promoting even ripening. We had ample hang time which in turn yielded intense flavors and a rich texture.

Bottling

This wine was bottled without filtration in February 2017.

Winemaking

90% Syrah and 10% Viognier, which we harvest at the same time and co-ferment. We like the inclusion of whole Syrah clusters in the fermentation and so add 25%; this seems to heighten the “Syrahness.” Other aspects of fermentation and élevage are the same as with all of our winemaking—native yeast and malolactic fermentations

Aging

This vintage aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage and rested 25 months in 100% new French barrels.