| Wine Advocate 87 points (Nov 2014)
The classic and typical 2012 Syrah from Sonoma is a 100% Syrah that was aged 14 months in 40% new French oak. Offering up notes of frying lard, barbecue meats, blackberries and cassis, it is medium-bodied, richly fruity, pure and impressively crafted. Consume it over the next 1-3 years.
|Wine maker notes
|A large portion of the grapes that made this
wine are grown in our cool Sonoma Coast
Vineyards that we call the Lazy C and the Lazy P.
The combination of warm days, foggy mornings
and cool evenings make the Sonoma Coast
appellation some of the most highly regarded
vineyardland in California. What these vineyard
conditions translate into is a Syrah dark in color
with deeply concentrated flavors of black
cherries and supple tannins. Fruit is also blended
from the warm growing areas of Lodi and
Contra Costa County. The result is a wine of
The winemaking techniques we use on our "Cal
Syrah” start out by entirely destemming the
handpicked grapes and only lightly crushing
them to preserve fruit and limit harsh tannins.
Then a moderate fermentation temperature is
maintained in closed stainless steel tanks with
selected cultured yeast. The wine is aged in a
variety of different sized oak vessels (1600 - 3000
gallon oak uprights, and 60 gallon barrels) for a
minimum of nine to eleven months. This allows
our California blend enough time to marry the
flavors and soften the structure of Syrah.
We’ve blended in small quantities of Grenache
and Mourvèdre to increase fruit expression and
create an elegant structure.