2013 Spicerack Syrah "Punchdown", Sonoma Coast
- Superb cool climate sites in Sonoma Coast bring intensity of aromas and nuanced flavors
- Careful harvest and winemaking decisions showcase varietal intensity and regional specificity
- Judicious use of new oak allows varietal purity to show through
Price: $25 per bottle
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RECOMMENDED - 2012 VINTAGE
"Smokey, spicy and substantial, a wine that speaks directly to syrah... fleshy, well-extracted... with ample tannins."
- Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine, November 2014
AN OVERACHIEVER - 2011 VINTAGE
"The wannabe hipster NYC somm in me dug it, and dug it over a few consecutive evenings...there’s enough black pepper to keep Vietnamese harvesters busy...blue and red fruits with vibrancy and a sense of purpose, dried sage and dried flowers, and a stupid amount of balance for the price point. The “touch of Viognier” is 2%, enough to give the wine a nice aromatic lift and even more black pepper and some leather whip-cracking at the end. An OVERACHIEVER."
- Joe Roberts, 1WineDude.com, November 2013
EXCELLENT - 2011 VINTAGE
"Dark purple. Smoke- and pepper-accented aromas and flavors of dark berries and cherry, with a bright mineral overtone. Tangy and precise, finishes with good clarity and cut."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013
EXCELLENT - 2009 VINTAGE
"Opaque ruby. Varietally accurate aromas of dark berries, violet, cracked pepper and smoky bacon. Juicy and nicely precise, offering energetic blackberry and mulberry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. The smoky note comes back on the finish, which clings with good tenacity."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The weather in 2013 was superb, albeit it was another drought season. Spring was moderately warm, allowing for good set, and the summer had few surprises. Fall weather during harvest was superb with long, warm days. A sprinkle in late September settled the dust. Yields were average. The resultant wine shows brightness and depth, with superb, savory aromatics.
COOL CLIMATE VINEYARDS
Our 2013 Syrah comes from two sites in the Sonoma Coast appellation. The more northerly site with its Goldridge soils, brought depth and pepperiness, while the more southerly site added brightness and firm tannins. Both sites were hand-pruned, picked and field sorted.
These Syrah bunches were hand-harvested and field-sorted on October 1 and 9 hand-sorted, destemmed & crushed (10% whole berry) and “cold soaked” for four days in open-top temperature-controlled fermenters. Warm fermentation temperature (85°) moved fermentation along and we kept the cap well immersed in its delicious must. On Day 9 the still-fermenting must was gently pressed into French oak barriques where it completed primary and later, secondary fermentations. The press fractions were about 8% because we want to avoid the bitter seed tannins and were kept separate and ultimately not used. French barrel coopers were top quality, but less than 20% new. Fifteen months barrel maturation was supplemented with three rackings which developed its wonderfully smooth but subtle mouth-feel. Our final assemblage of nineteen barrels was bottled in February 2015. Medium ruby-red and enjoyable now, it displays the varietal typicity of fine syrah with nuances of a fine spicerack. We call our Spicerack Syrah “Punchdown” to reflect the many times the fermenting cap was “punched down” during fermentation. Medium ruby-red and enjoyable now, it displays the varietal typicity of fine syrah with nuances of a fine spicerack.
Regional Composition: 100% Sonoma Coast
Varietal Composition: 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
Total Production: 19 barrels (about 475 barrels)
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