2013 Estate Syrah
This is a beautiful example of cool climate Syrah, exhibiting complex aromas of dried flowers, plum nectar, dark spice and firm earth tones. Notes of macerated dark fruit and black plum swell on the palate, backed by hints of savory umami flavors, wood shavings and cherry liqueur. Dark fruit and opulence on the palate are balanced by supple tannin and refreshing acid.
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 balance.
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 vintage, our Estate Syrah consists of primarily of Estrella River Clone, which imparts complex aromas and flavors of roasted meat and coffee bean, and Clone 300, which contributes pure, focused black fruit. A small amount of Grenache was blended in to lift the fruit.