2014 Syrah Benchland

VINEYARD: Our Syrah B2014 Syrah Benchlandenchland was planted in 1991, making it our oldest vineyard block. The Syrah budwood came from the Durell vineyard in Sonoma. The chalky/rocky well drained soils have always produced small berries resulting in dark and intense wine. There is an unmistakeable smoked meat element to wine from this vineyard, making it our most unique Syrah.

VINTAGE / HARVEST: 2014 was the second of three consecutive drought vintages. A moderately warm, dry summer was followed by dry harvest weather resulting in an early harvest date. We harvested this Syrah September 12th at 24.5 brix, which is about ideal for this vineyard.

VINIFICATION: Our 2014 Syrah Benchland was fermented in an 8 ft wide stainless steel tank which provides excellent extraction. We de-stemmed all of the fruit, as we have not had great success using whole cluster fermentation with this vineyard. After, a 5-day cold soak, fermentation began with indigenous yeast.  Once in barrel, we routinely stirred lees for added texture and complexity. We aged this wine in 40% new French Oak for 15 months. It is 100% Syrah.

STYLE / DESCRIPTION: Our Syrah Benchland is the most distinctive vineyard block on our property. As with most of our wines in 2014, this Syrah Benchland has Intense fruit, ripe tannins, and rich texture.  It also shows the blackberry fruit and smoked meat character we’ve come to love about this vineyard. I recommend holding on to our Syrah Benchland for 6 to 8 years.   —MU

HARVESTED:

SEPTEMBER 12

BRIX AVG:

24.5

BLEND:

100% SYRAH

ACIDITY: 5.4 g/L

pH: 3.85

ALCOHOL: 14.5 %

AGING:

15 MONTHS FRENCH OAK BARRELS

BOTTLED:

3/10/16

CASES PRODUCED:

275