4 - 2013 Syrah, Deerfield Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
2013 Syrah, Deerfield Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
This Syrah has a beautiful rich purple color with dark fruit aromas of plum and blackberry mingled with light mushroom and wet forest floor. The bright acidity balances the round tannins leading to a soft yet firm mouthfeel. Pair with pork, lamb or smoked meat, as well as medium – strong cheeses.
Deerfield Vineyard is located in Kenwood, CA right in the heart of the Sonoma Valley AVA. The grapes are grown organically on Deerfield Ranch Winery’s Estate Vineyard. The vineyard is surrounded by historic wetlands which keep the soil rich with water and nutrients.
The grapes were all hand-harvested by Mike and Deerfield’s crew. At the winery they go through a triple hand sorting system removing as much of the MOG (Material Other than Grape – leaves, stems, etc.) as possible. The grapes are not crushed, they are whole berry fermented which causes the fruit to ferment from the inside out. Rhone strain yeast was used to inoculate the fermentation. malolactic bacteria were used to inoculate the wine in order to get the wine to go through secondary fermentation. The wine was aged in neutral French oak barrels for 28 months.
This Syrah is an attempt to make a “Cali-Euro-Centric” Syrah. Big, bold, dark fruit mixed with slight earthiness gives this Syrah multi-dimensional aromas and flavors. Integrated round tannins combined with bright acidity lend it to aging for 7+ years. This wine is unfined & unfiltered. Yes- it may throw some sediment.