2014 Syrah - Zotovich Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Syrah - Zotovich Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2014 Syrah - Zotovich Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

95 points - Jeb Dunnuck

"A classic, Northern Rhone-stype Syrah is the 2014 Syrah Zotovich, which comes from a cooler site in the Sta. Rita Hills.  It offers terrific blackberry, peppery herbs, rocky minerality and ample gamey/olive notes in a ripe, medium to full-bodied, gorgeously textrued package,  With no hard edges, good concentration and a seamless finish, drink it anytime over the next decade."

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
Aging34 months, neutral oak
Fermentationnative yeast
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced141

95 points - Jeb Dunnuck

93+ points - The Wine Advocate

93 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

93 points - The Wine Enthusiast

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