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.
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.
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
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.
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.