Sheldon 2018 Syrah
Luc’s Vineyard | Fountaingrove AVA | organically farmed
25 Cases captured into bottle | 13.1% Alc.
The Sexy Stuff:
"...one of their most intriguingly wild creations to date... gorgeous aromatics and an amazing play between pure fruit juiciness and raw grip... a serious wine that achieves zen-like harmony without any oak influences... heavenly liquid violets and blackberries perfume with an ass kick of spices that burst from the glass... sometimes you wonder if Dylan is either brilliant or has a screw loose, but the wine opens the doors of perception... and this Syrah is crazy good. Layers of black and blue fruits race at you on the medium-full palate with incredible intensity, but with a sense of lightness and with vivid transparency showing plum, boysenberry, tangy blueberry, and sweet kirsch notes as well as incense, camphor, muddled basil/mint, rosemary/sage, cinnamon stick, and pepper." 92 POINTS - Graplive
Winemaker Tasting Notes:
This wine displays classic northern Rhone Syrah characteristics drawing inspiration from Crozes-Hermitage. The pop of the cork greats you with floral vibrancy and freshly cracked peppercorns. Layers of violets, blue fruits, and roasted game emerge as the wine opens. Just a shade on the lighter side of medium body. The pallet has a lot of high frequency to it, while a savory and herbal edge from the whole cluster fermentation ties well into the fine-grained tannin. Gravity racked on new moon cycles, bottled unfiltered.
The Geeky Stuff:
100% Syrah + 200 lbs of pressed Viognier skins
hand-harvested on October 3rd, 2018
with an average of 22.5 brix.
1/2 ton open top macro-bin fermentation
100% Neutral French Oak
pH 3.50 | TA .59 | ALC 13.1%
Whole cluster Syrah was pitchforked and sealed in a small SS tank to undergo a cold, slow carbonic fermentation for 8 days, about half completed. We then drained the juice to a separate tank and pressed off the skins. The free run and press wine were then fermented with freshly pressed Viognier skins for an additional week to add intense floral complexity. The wine was gravity fed to neutral French oak for 3 months as it completed ML, then clean racked into a 60-gallon stainless barrel when it spent the next 3 months prior to bottling.
About The Vineyard:
Luc’s Vineyard is planted on a west-facing hillside on volcanic soils. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only Graciano being grown in this part of Sonoma County, and as there are only about 30 acres total in the State it is a rare creature indeed. The single acre vineyard is on a bi-lateral cordon trellis and tends to produce around 2.5 tons total. Split between Graciano, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Syrah. It was planted in 2010 and has been organically farmed since day one.