2014 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah


Tasting Notes

Another drought year leading to water stressed vines produced a richly phenolic wine further intensified with a healthy dose of whole cluster fermentation. Swirling the glass offers up dizzying aromas of freshly picked berries and mom’s delights roasting in the kitchen: blackberries, cherry pie, pepper, tobacco and bacon. The skillful addition of new wood is expressed in the subtle nuance of vanilla and smoke. A velvety pillow greets the palate, followed by luscious blackberries, balanced acidity and sturdy yet refined tannins that linger alongside pleasing notes of berry and crispy bacon. Indelibly a food wine, this Syrah demands the attention of your hardiest recipes. 

Winemaker's Notes

In the traditional fashion, our Syrah is fermented in small open top fermenters, where punchdowns impart a softness which so compliment the depth inherent in this varietal.
The fruit is hand sorted and destemmed, and the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. One of two tanks was fermented with 40% whole clusters. After fermentation, the wine is racked into French oak to age. During its 20 months of barrel aging, this wine was racked twice: once for initial blending and barrel honing, and a second time to further bring along flavor and tannin development. We always start out with fewer new barrels than it might end up in, both to finesse the amount of new wood, and to season some new barrels with white fermentation before using them in the final Syrah aging. The wine was bottled in June of 2016.

Awards & Accolades

94 Wine Enthusiast Article

91 Wine & Spirits & 2017 Top 100 Wineries of the Year

92 Planet Grape

91 Connoisseur's Guide

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2014 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.8%
TA: 6.4 gm/Lit.
pH: 3.54
Winemaking: Open top fermentation, cold soak, manual punch down
Barrel Aging: 20 months in French oak (40% new barrels)

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