2013 Syrah, Cole Creek Vineyard, Russian River Valley
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“Very little of this wine exists, sadly, given its gorgeous mix of mint, dried herb and feral, meaty notes. Despite its rustic flirtatiousness, it allows for floral aromas to accent the expansive palate, revealing hints of white pepper, citrus and smoked meat.” 93pts – Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017
2013 summed up to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings. This produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening, resulting in supple tannins and a full range of typical Syrah flavors.
The 2013 Cole Creek Syrah was fermented in tank as 75% destemmed whole berries with 25% whole Syrah clusters. It went through native-yeast and malolactic fermentations. The wine rested sur lies for 27 months in 100% new French barrels from François Frères. This vintage was bottled without filtration in January, 2016.
Our Syrahs are grown in the cool climate of the Sonoma Coast 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 second bottling from this exceptionally situated site, which we helped design the layout of.