2016 Spicerack Syrah, Sonoma County

  • Spicerack Syrah, Sonoma County wineSuperb and diverse sites in Sonoma bring intensity of aromas and nuanced flavors
  • Careful harvest and winemaking decisions showcase varietal intensity and regional specificity
  • Judicious use of new French oak allows varietal purity to show through

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VINTAGE 2016

The weather in 2016 was a refreshing change from 2015. We had another wet winter and it was followed by a February bud break. We had heat spikes in July but cloudy, cooler weather in late August and September allowed us to pick by flavor in September. Yields were about average and the syrah clusters were well-colored, with great aromatics. The resultant wine shows brightness and depth, with superb, savory aromatics.

COOL CLIMATE VINEYARDS

2016 Spicerack Syrah comes from two sites in Sonoma. The more northerly site along the Sonoma Coast (90%) with its Goldridge soils brought snappy tannins and pepperiness, while the southerly site in Alexander Valley (10%) added depth and rich texture. 

WINEMAKING

These Syrah bunches were hand-harvested and field-sorted on September 12 and 29 and hand-sorted, destemmed & crushed (10% whole berry) and “cold soaked” for two 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. A modest co-ferment with some Viognier added aromatics and stabilized color. The still-fermenting musts were gently pressed into French oak barriques where it completed primary and later, secondary fermentations. The press fractions were about 6% because we want to avoid the bitter seed tannins and were kept separate and ultimately not used. French barrel coopers were top quality, but only 25% new. Eleven months barrel maturation was supplemented with two rackings which developed its wonderfully smooth but subtle mouth-feel. Our final assemblage of twelve barrels was bottled in November 2017. Medium ruby-red and enjoyable now, it displays the varietal typicity of fine syrah with nuances of a fine spicerack.

WINE FACTS

Regional Composition: 100% Sonoma County
Varietal Composition:  98% Syrah, 2% Viognier (co-ferment)
pH: 3.62
Alcohol: 14.3%
Total Production: 12 barrels (about 300 cases)

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