2017 Estate Syrah

2017 Estate Syrah

Regular price
$80.00
Sale price
$80.00

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Dovecote’s flagship wine is made to highlight the unique own-rooted Estrella River Syrah that was originally “borrowed” from the famed Chapoutier vineyard in Hermitage, France. Above all, it is what Thompson Vineyard has become renowned for nearly 30 years.  Dark, rich, and multidimensional, the 2017 Dovecote Syrah delivers its power with a graceful touch.

VINEYARD NOTES

Meticulously farmed from just a few of the sandiest, windblown, and nutrient-depleted northwesternmost rows of the cool climate Thompson Vineyard.  27 year old own-rooted Estrella River Syrah struggles to draw enough nourishment up through its deep roots to produce a crop.  Clusters and berries are tiny, almost pea-sized, with massive skin-to-pulp ratios providing intense structure and density.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Harvested at night at only 1 Ton/acre, cold grapes were brought into the winery early in the morning.  All clusters were meticulously sorted by hand, then de-stemmed and stored at 35 degrees for 48 hours before allowing fermentation to begin in small open top bins.  Wine was aged in 33% new French oak barrels for 24 months and bottled unfiltered.  Finally, the wine was allowed an additional full year of bottle conditioning before release and will benefit from additional cellar time before consumption.

Vintage
2017
Varietal
Own-rooted Estrella River Syrah
Blend
100% Syrah
Vineyard
Thompson Vineyard
Vine Age
27 years
Clone
Estrella River
Rootstock
Own
Soil
Sandy Loam
Appellation
Alisos Canyon, Los Alamos Valley, Santa Barbara County
Climate
Cool I/II
Brix
24.8
pH
3.59
ABV
14.7%
Cases
72
Tons Per Acre
< 1
Peak Years
2021-2036