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2013 Califa Syrah

2013 Califa Syrah
Details
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Edna Valley
Alcohol %
13.5
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Details
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Edna Valley
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This dark purple wine opens with luscious, deep black fruit aromatics with underlying spicy notes of anise, white pepper and seasalt. The palate opens with savory flavors of thyme, sage and salted black licorice, followed by focused fruit notes of macerated black berries and dried black plum that lead to an opulent mid-palate and rich tannins that will allow the wine to age extremely well.
The Vineyards
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now contains 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors.
Vintage
2013 started with a dry winter resulting in only 8.5 inches of rain. A warm February initiated an early budbreak and continuous warmer than average temperatures culminated in an early Harvest. Dry and consistently warm temperatures throughout summer and fall allowed grapes to hang until optimum ripeness. Overall, this was a stunning vintage with excellent balance.
Winemaking
The fruit for this wine was handpicked at night, then meticulously hand-sorted. Berries were then destemmed and gravity fed into small opentop fermentors. After a three-day cold soak, a long, cool fermentation was initiated using native yeasts. Gentle pumpovers were utilized to optimize extraction. Following fermentation, the wine was racked to French oak barrels for 19 months with minimal racking.
Clonal Selection
This tightly focused Syrah is predominantly made up of Clone 383, lending ample black berry fruit. A small amount of Clone 300 was blended in, adding blueberry elements. The result is a balanced, fruitful wine with good acidity.