Syrah - Estate Vineyard - Sonoma Mountain - 2013


100% Syrah
Alban 1 Selection and 877 Clone
Raised 33 Months in New French Oak barriques and puncheons

Moving into its sixth vintage since being planted, the personality of our Estate Syrah block has revealed itself as producing classic cool-climate Syrah fruit, that gives rise to wines of intense fruit character and beautiful textures.

As dark and masculine as ever, in 2013 the vintage also brought a surprising elegance to the wine we had yet to experience from this bottling. While the 2012 came out of the gates brooding and bit backwards, the 2013 is immediately charming and approachable with all the classic hallmarks of Syrah dominating the wine dark, brambly fruits, scorched earth, fresh-cracked pepper and asphalt. The terroir of our mountain vineyard remains on display with white flowers, menthol and lavender creating beautiful complexities and brightness to the bouquet and palate.

As with all of our Syrahs, this wine began its life with a depth and ferocity that foretold greatness if given the proper patience. Employing many of the lessons we have learned across vintages, in addition to bringing larger format puncheons into our Syrah barrel program, what arrives in bottle is a beautifully polished wine built for drinking today, or a long, rewarding life in the cellar.

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