2014 Syrah - Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

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

95 Points - Vinous Media

The Turner Vineyard sits on 21 acres adjacent in the northern part of the Sta. Rita Hills. There are about 3 acres of Syrah planted at this dramatically cool site, with the balance planted to mostly Pinot Noir. The soils at Turner Vineyard are dark and clay-based with chunks of calcareous deposits throughout. These unique conditions allow us to make spicy, dark wines with intense character and tremendous sense of place.

“The 2014 Syrah Turner Vineyard dazzles from start to finish. Rich, powerful and energetic, it hits the palate with layers of ink blue and purplish fruit, Swaths of equally intense tannins carry through to the midpalate and finish. I adore the Turner for its nuance and arresting beauty” - Antonio Galloni

95 Points - EDITOR'S CHOICE - The Wine Enthusiast
"There's extreme, maybe even obscene, amounts of cracked black pepper on the savory nose of this cool-climate expression, which comes from the same 12 rows each vintage. There are also scents of roasted beef, asphalt and a pinch of lavender. The pepper character coats the palate too, diced by lively acidity. This is, perhaps, the most pitch-perfect show of Côte-Rôtie in California to date" - Matt Kettman

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from Turner Vineyard in the northern part of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. The botella clay soil provides a rich, structured wine. 
  • 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
VineyardTurner Vineyard
Aging34 months
Fermentationnative yeast
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced127

95 Points - Editor's Choice - The Wine Enthusiast

95 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

94+ points - The Wine Advocate

93 points - Jeb Dunnuck

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