This is a beautiful example of cool climate Syrah, exhibiting complex aromas of wild blueberry, dark spice and firm earth tones. Notes of macerated raspberry and black plum swell on the palate, backed by hints of
savory umami flavors, graham cracker and cherry coulis. Opulent dark fruit on the palate is balanced by supple tannins and refreshing acid, leading into a long finish with hints of wild strawberry.
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.
2014 began with a very warm, dry winter, leading to an early bud break in mid-February. A warm spring and summer combined to give us our earliest harvest ever, which is beneficial for this style of wine because of the acidity retention. Additionally, there was a lack of heat spikes during picking, resulting in a beautiful Syrah.
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 Clone 383, which gives intense dark fruit, Clone 877, which imparts complex aromas and flavors of roasted meat and coffee bean, and Clone 300, which contributes pure, focused black fruit.