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2015 Las Madres Vineyard Syrah - PRE-RELEASE

2015 Las Madres Vineyard

Syrah

CARNEROSsonoma county


ALLOCATION LIST: $39.60
RETAIL: $44.00


Tasting Notes

Drawing on the experience of our 5 previous vintages with this distinctive vineyard, we feel like we’ve completely dialed in the winemaking particulars with Las Madres and understand not only how to handle it but how not to. And when the 2015 fruit came in fully ripe at reasonable sugar levels it set the stage for one of our favorite vintages yet.

No new oak, lots of whole clusters in the fermentation and an extended soak on the skins before pressing (a full 39 days). Each of these elements helped to let shine not only the signature exotic, spicy character of the vineyard but aided in creating a silkier, more elegant Syrah.

This year, for the first time, we also employed the old-world technique of co-fermenting the fruit with some Viognier, taking the floral aromatics to even new heights and taming the fine tannins even more than usual.

Achieving a lovely balance between the dark fruit components and the olive, spice, chocolate and smoke elements we treasure from this cooler-climate vineyard, it will be massively compelling on release, but will offer tremendous rewards over the decade that follows.

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: Summer 2018 through 2023
Graceful ageability: 2024+

VINEYARDS

100% Las Madres

CLONES

49% 174, 49% 300, 2% Viognier

STATS

pH: 3.7  |  TA: 6.4 g/L  |  Alcohol: 13.9%
Bottling: May 22, 2017  |  Release: Spring 2018
Cases Produced: 140

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