Vineyard and Region Information: Sixty-Two Terraces is made up of two steeply terraced blocks that start just above the winery and continue almost to the top of the ridge. The north-south rows create the terraces with an eastern exposure.The lower block is planted to Alban 'Power Block' selection and the upper block is planted to both Alban 'The Knolls' Viognier and 'Baby Block' Syrah selection. The poor, rocky ridge top soils make for very low yielding vines with small clusters of fruit with smaller berries. The resulting wine is typically some of the more intense Syrah that comes out of our vineyard.
Vintage Notes: 2015 was a year with painfully low yields, but delivered concentrated and distinctive wines. The fourth year of drought combined with cold, wet weather during flowering kept berry size small, intensifying flavors and forming supple tannins. Weather throughout the growing season and into harvest was as good as one could expect.
Wine Notes: This is our first vintage of the Sixty-Two Terraces Syrah. We aged this wine exclusively in 300 liter hogs heads, with two out of five being new very tight grain French oak with a long light toast. We have found this particular combination provides the greatest transparency and least noticeable oak impact. We also upped the percentage of whole clusters used in the fermentations which lifts the aromatic profile while adding some structure to the wine.
Heady and perfumed aromatics of huckleberries, crushed flowers, ink, anise, and cigar box unfold on the nose. The steep terraces where these vines grow result in small intense berries, and this is clearly evident on the palate. The huckleberries come through with their intensity of red/black fruit and tartness, along with wild berries, wet stone, anise and subtle hints of cigar box. The finish grows and then is sustained allowing for a little more time of needed contemplation. While approachable now, this wine will certainly gain more expression and body with another year or two in bottle, and then should age easily for another 10-20 years.
92+ Points, "Deep ruby-colored, the 2015 Sixty Two Terraces Syrah was mostly destemmed (there’s 18% whole clusters) and spent 21 months in 40% new 300-liter French oak barrels. Black cherries, tart plum, smoked earth, and ample peppery notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s tight yet concentrated on the palate. With good acidity and ripe, polished tannins, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age to develop more complexity and will keep through 2028." - Jeb Dunnuck