2015 Califa Syrah Edna Valley
This dark purple wine opens with luscious, deep black fruit aromatics with underlying savory notes of white pepper, pink peppercorn and a hint of smoked meat. The palate opens with spicy flavors of nutmeg and ground corriander, followed by focused fruit notes of baked black plum and dark cherry that lead to an opulent mid-palate and soft 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.
2015 began with another warm, dry winter. Rainy weather in the spring contributed to lower yields, further accelerating an already early harvest. Moderate temperatures in August allowed us to bring in fruit at a steady pace without any major heat spikes. Additionally, the early pick of the Syrah kept the natural acidity moderately high, resulting in a beautiful wine.
The fruit for this wine was hand- picked at night, then meticulously hand-sorted. Berries were then destemmed and gravity fed into small open-top 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 18 months with minimal racking.