• 2018 Syrah
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Considering that we believe the less you manipulate a wine the better the outcome, it's no surprise that when we purchase grapes, we gravitate towards biodynamic and organic vineyards. Both prevent mildew by spraying sulfur and both fertilize the vines with compost. Not much more is permissible—or necessary. We came across biodynamically farmed Dark Horse Vineyards in 2007 and we've been purchasing their Syrah every year since—as well as their Grenache and Mourvèdre. The Dolan family makes wine from the same vineyards and as a result the crop is always in balance with the canopy. The Syrah was aged 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels and after a series of tastings we added 18% Dark Horse Grenache which lends a fruity juiciness to the mid palate. Bottled unfiltered. Full bodied with rich black cherry flavors supported by Syrah's age worthy backbone. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.
Jim talking to Heath Dolan at Dark Horse Vineyards.
[above] Jim talking to Heath Dolan at Dark Horse Vineyards. We enjoy working with the Dolan family and the fruit from their biodynamic vineyards. The red volcanic soil is perfect for red wines and the vines have a favorable exposure.

  • Harvested: Sept. 24, 2018
  • Sugars at harvest: 26.8 Brix
  • Bottled: Aug. 9, 2019
  • Cases produced: 266
  • Alcohol: 14.7%
  • Titratable acidity: 5.7 g/L
  • pH: 3.76