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2016 Syrah Benchland

2016 Syrah Benchland
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VINEYARD: Our Syrah Benchland was planted in 1991, making it our oldest
vineyard block. The Syrah bud wood 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 unmistakable smoked
meat element to wine from this vineyard, making it our most unique Syrah.


VINTAGE / HARVEST: 2016 was an excellent vintage. Winter rains signaled
the end of a three-year drought. The growing season featured normal dry
weather with a cooler than normal stretch in August. That, combined with
our aggressive crop-thinning regime resulted in one of the more structured
Syrahs we’ve made from this vineyard. We harvested this fruit on September
20th, at a sugar of 26.8 brix, which is normal for this vineyard.


VINIFICATION: Our winemaking for this Syrah is pretty straightforward. It was
fermented in a small 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. We punched down the cap
once a day and pressed at dryness. Since this is one of our more full-bodied
wines, we age it in 40% new French Oak barrels for 15 months. It is 100%
Syrah.


STYLE / DESCRIPTION: This 2016 Benchland Syrah is another classic vintage in
the mold of our 2007 or 2012, meaning it has an extra dimension of fruit to
go along with the savory elements and tannin structure we are accustom
to seeing from this vineyard. It should age nicely for many years to come (8
to 10 years). I love it when the vineyard and the vintage make us look so
good.

H A R V E S T E D : SEPTEMBER 20


BRIX AVG: 26.8


B L E N D : 100% SYRAH


ACIDITY: 5.8 g/L


p H : 3 . 9 7


ALCOHOL: 1 4 . 6 %


A G I N G : 15 MONTHS FRENCH OAK
BARRELS 40% NEW


B O T T L E D : 4 / 4 / 1 8


CASES PRODUCED: 300

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Dry Creek Valley
Alcohol %
14.6