2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah
Two vineyard sources (Nelson & Zayante) blended together. Partially whole cluster fermented. Blackberry, red cherry and caramel. 80% Nelson Family Vineyards, 20% Zayante Vineyards.
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The 2013 Syrah was produced with grapes from two different vineyards located on the costal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains; Nelson Family Vineyards (80%) and Zayante Vineyards (20%). The fruit was fermented in four separate lots following a 24 hour cold soak. One lot was whole cluster fermented. Four different yeast strains were used to enhance complexity. The skins were punched down into the must by hand one to three times per day. Fermentation took place over a 10 to 16 day period. The free run and pressed wine was barrel aged separately for 20 months in 35% new American Oak. The final blend was assembled shortly before bottling in July of 2015 without fining and coarse filtering.