2016 Syrah

OAK KNOLL, NAPA VALLEY
$38.00 per bottle   /   $32.30 club price
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The 2016 Luchtel Vineyard Syrah offers fragrant notes of mixed berry compote, violets, blueberry fritter, white pepper, and baking spices. On the palate, the tannins are soft and supple, while the flavors are showing sweet red currants, stewed black plums, beetroot, rhubarb, and a touch of cinnamon.

WINEMAKER NOTES

Luchtel Vineyard is situated in the Oak Knoll AVA with in Napa Valley and is farmed by our grower Gary Luchtel. The Syrah clones are a blend of 470 and 383. The fruit was brought in and we put 15% whole cluster bunches of Syrah and 7% whole cluster bunches of Viognier in the tank. Then, we destemmed Syrah whole berries on top of the whole clusters. This technique is coveted in the Cote Rotie region of the Rhone Valley in France. The co-fermentation of Viognier softens the tannins of the Syrah while the whole cluster and stem inclusion contribute structure and texture. The fruit was cold soaked and then fermented at 76ºF for 7-10 days before before being pressed off. We then aged the wine in premium French oak barrels (15% new, 85% neutral) for 10 months. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

 

THE VINTAGE

It was a long and warm growing season in Napa Valley in 2016. There was plenty of rainfall in the winter, giving the vines enough energy to progress throughout the spring and summer. The grapes basked in glorious sunshine throughout this long growing season, offering perfect potential for fruit quality. The Syrah and Viognier grapes in the Luchtel Vineyard ripened to full flavor and were harvested on September 27 th, 2016.

 

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton 

Appellation: Oak Knoll, Luchtel Vineyard

Blend: 100% Syrah

Alcohol: 14.7%