2014 Syrah, Cole Creek Vineyard, Russian River Valley
“The 2014 Syrah Cole Creek Vineyard is dark, sensual and polished, with notable fruit richness and overall intensity. There is plenty of depth to the dark red cherry and plum flavors. Beams of tannin extend the mid-palate and finish in this attractive, flavorful Syrah. This is an especially rich, voluptuous style, and yet there is plenty of structure.” – 93pts, Antonito Galloni, vinous, April 2018
2014 was another classic vintage, if early. A mild winter and spring caused an early bud break followed by consistent temperatures throughout the summer, promoting even ripening. We had ample hang time which in turn yielded intense flavors and a rich texture.
94% Syrah and 6% Viognier, co-fermented
Our 2014 Cole Creek Vineyard Syrah fermented in tank as 75% destemmed whole berries with 25% whole Syrah clusters. We utilized native-yeast and malolactic fermentations. The wine rested sur lies for 26 months in 86% new French barrels from François Frères and Demptos. This vintage was bottled without filtration in February, 2017.
Our Syrahs are grown in the cool climates of Sonoma County which offers a style reminiscent of the Northern Rhone regions of Hermitage and Cornas: aromas and flavors of smoked meat, white pepper, green olive and grapefruit, coupled with a silky texture and savory flavor. This is the third bottling from this exceptionally situated site, which we helped design the layout of.