2013 Syrah - Zotovich Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2013 Syrah - Zotovich Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Syrah - Zotovich Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

93 Points - The 2013 Syrah Zotovich Vineyard is a very pretty wine. Lifted and gracious, because of the sandy soils here, the Zotovich nevertheless offers striking fruit density and voluptuousness. Black cherry, plum, menthol, lavender and sweet spices flow through to the creamy finish. This is the most overt and fruit-driven of the SAMsARA single-vineyard Syrahs. Nothing sticks out. Instead, it is the wine's overall balance that is convincing. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sept. 2016)

92 Points - Possessing more berry fruits, pepper, violets and hints of minerality, the 2013 Syrah Zotovich (100% stems and aged two years in neutral barrels) is medium to full-bodied, plump and layered, with beautiful ripeness and texture, as well as a fresh, lively style. This is another cool climate beauty from SAMsARA that readers shouldn’t miss. –Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (July 2016)

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from the sandy soils of Zotovich Vineyard
  • 100% whole cluster fermentation in small lots (2 tons)
  • Like always, we relied on the native yeast that the grapes carried from the vineyards to complete the fermentation
  • We hand punched each fermentor twice a day to enhance the extraction of colors, tannins and flavors
  • After primary fermentation was complete we extended maceration for up to 30-35 days to further extract color, tannins and flavor
  • Pressed with ultra-gentle stainless steel basket press in an 8-hour cycle
  • Aged in neutral oak for 22 months prior to bottling, no fining or filtering with two rackings before bottling.and then another year in bottle prior to releasing.
  • Clone 1
Varietal100% Syrah
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardZotovich Vineyard
Aging34 months
FermentationNative Yeast
Wine Styleneutral oak; 100% Whole Cluster : unfined &
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced190

93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

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