Brix at harvest: 24.8
Harvest date: 9/19/2018
Aging treatment: 30% New American Oak (2 year air dried)
“This Syrah comes from the vineyard immediately adjacent to the Winery property.
It is an organically farmed, ½ acre vineyard with an average vine age of 18 years. It typically has fruit and dense character stemming from the perfect drainage and aggressive pruning strategy. It is kept under 3 tons to the acre providing structure and an intense flavor profile.
This vineyard is in transition to Biodynamic farming, which includes the use of natural, homeopathic treatments and excludes the use of artificial chemicals.
The approach is a holistic vision of viticulture which treats the vineyard as an organism and seeks to bring balance to the entire living entity, including using all natural weed control… named Mipsy, Mopsy, Flipsy and Flopsy, the Babydoll sheep.”
Dane Stark, winemaker
With a touch of tobacco on the entry, this vintage is medium in color, but full fruit on the nose. It starts with a nice plum character and has a little pepper and earthy notes to it. The fruit is refined but bright with pomegranate, strawberry and hints of cassis (normally a Cabernet component) and spices.
It is bright on the palate with plentiful fruit or berries and floral notes. The entry is dry and subtle tannins caress the palate making this is an excellent food wine. It would perhaps also be enjoyed all by itself…!!! The finish is draped in roses and a lengthy after glow.