York Mountain Syrah


Vintage Details:


100% SYRAH
Vineyard: 100% York Mountain Vineyard
AVA: York Mountain AVA

Harvest Dates: October 9 – October 21, 2019
Fermentation: Fermented in concrete, stainless steel, and new French oak puncheons (40% stem inclusion)
Cooperage and Aging: Aged 18 months in French oak mid-sized barrels and puncheons (30% new)
pH: 4.06 | TA: 4.9 g/L | Alcohol: 14.7%
Bottling Date: July 24, 2021
Cases Produced: 534

Savory aromas dominate this coastal Syrah’s initial perfume – black olive, roasted game, sage brush, eucalyptus, white pepper – then notes of blackberry, cassis, purple flowers, chocolate, and vanilla spice emerge, adding even more complexity. The wine gently enters the palate offering a completely ethereal experience juxtaposed with its bolder aromas. Flavors are delicate and graceful, yet seamless and mouth-filling, as floral notes join the spicey black fruit and earth flavors and spread gently in all planes of the mouth, leaving no harsh edges, only massive sophistication. – Jordan Fiorentini


Parentage: 100% York Mountain Vineyard 
York Mountain | Hometown: Templeton
Ethnicity: 99% Syrah, 1% Viognier

Birthdate:September 27th – October 11th, 2018
Rearing: Fermented in oak and stainless steel tanks and one-ton bins, 44% whole cluster
Education: Aged 18 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (29% new
GPA: 3.73 pH | 5.7 g/L TA | 14.9% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled May 27th, 2020

The 2018 Syrah York Mountain is straight-up stunning and has everything I look for in a truly great Syrah.  Boasting a purple hue as well as cool-climate notes of assorted darker fruits, smoked game, ground pepper, chocolate, and chalky minerality, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, flawless balance, beautifully integrated acidity, and a heavenly finish.  This is a rich, concentrated yet exceedingly elegant, seamless Syrah from winemaker Jordan Fiorentini that needs a year or three of bottle age and will shine for over a decade. 

Score: Jeb Dunnuck 98, Wine Advocate 94

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