Vineyard and Region Information: The Sixty Two Terraces Syrah comes from a west facing series of Terraces that start just below the winery and go all the way to the top of the hill. It is a combination of two blocks. The first of these is 42 Terraces which is below the driveway and was planted in 2007 to the Alban Powerblock field selection of Syrah. The section above the driveway needed to be replanted so we planted 7 rows of Viognier and the rest to the Alban Baby Block field selection. They say to grow good Syrah it needs a view and these steeply terraced blocks deliver an incredible view. 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: Yields were reasonable in 2018 with great weather right up through harvest. Ripening was surprisingly even in this vintage with both blocks picked on the same day - October 24th, ideal brix levels with great color and flavors.
Wine Notes: We fermented each block separately with 100% whole clusters with a total of 19/20 days on the skins before pressing. We included 2% Viognier co-fermented in the 42 Terraces lot. No new oak was used. The wine was aged on the lees for 20 months in neutral 300 liter barrels before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
Dark and savory, with abundant baking spice, cigar box, and a deep alluring fig and plum. Bright and intense on the palate with lively tannins and acidity, but it is the concentrated extract that propels the fruit and spice notes long, and finishes long. This has to be one of the more blockbuster vintages of this wine, yet the alcohol finished at a moderate 14%. It is a journey to follow this wine as it opens up. Patience rewards if drunk soon, and if laid down for years. This is a pepper encrusted grilled ribeye wine if there ever was one.
Wine Reviews: 92 points & Cellar Selection- Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast