2011 CALCAREOUS VINEYARD SYRAHWine Match Special Selection

95% Syrah/Shiraz
Calcareous Vineyard

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $45.00
club price: n/a
available:Yes
cases:380
formats: 750mL
released:Jun 14, 2014
date profiled:Jul 17, 2014
region:Central Coast
AVA:Paso Robles
vineyards:Devil's Canyon
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:25.9°
alcohol:15.1%
fined:Yes
filtered:Yes
oak type:65% French |35% Hungar ... 65% French |35% Hungarian  
oak barrels:15% New  
oak aging: 31 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
syrah/shiraz 95% Paso Robles
cabernet sauvignon 5% Paso Robles
 
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low sulfite wine
Winemaker Jason Joyce Notes
2011 was a cool vintage, as summer temperatures remained almost exclusively in the 80’s. This allowed for much longer hang time in Devil’s Canyon, with picking taking place in mid October, where it is usually picked right around September 1st. Harvested by hand, the clusters were destemmed and hand sorted before being gravity fed uncrushed into 2-ton open top stainless tanks. Due to bigger than usual tannins, the typical cold soak was avoided and fermentation was allowed to begin immediately. During primary fermentation, we used a gentle routine of 2 daily punch downs and a delestage every 5th day. The ferments spent a total of 25-29 days on skins. The completed ferments were gently pressed and racked directly to barrel. The win ...more... e was racked once on completion of malolactic fermentation and a small amount of Estate Block 7 Cabernet was blended in to add a touch more structure. The tannin in the skins was very course and powerful in youth, thus the need for additional oak tannin from cooperage was lessened. Thus the 2011 Syrah saw about half as much new oak as is typical for our vineyard with only 15% new oak used. A long 31 month ageing was called for to give this wine adequate time to evolve and bring the tannin and fruit into balance.
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