2014 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
“…Dried flowers, sage, mint, leather and smoke all add considerable aromatic nuance to this super-expressive, mid-weight Syrah. The Rodgers Creek offers a very appealing interplay of dense fruit and lifted aromatics, with enough structure to develop nicely in bottle for many years to come.” – 93pts, Antonio 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.
90% Syrah and 10% Viognier, which we harvest at the same time and co-ferment.
We like the inclusion of whole Syrah clusters in the fermentation and so add 25%; this seems to heighten the “Syrahness.” Other aspects of fermentation and élevage are the same as with all of our winemaking—native yeast and malolactic fermentations. This vintage aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage and rested 25 months in 100% new French barrels. This wine was bottled without filtration in February 2017.
This cool climate brings out the savory characteristics of the variety, as opposed to its jammy, fruity side, and one finds here aromas and flavors of smoked meats, white pepper, green olive and grapefruit, with an almost Pinot-like texture and balance on the palate; definitely not an overblown Shiraz style.