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Cristom Vineyards

2014 Estate Syrah

2014 Estate Syrah

We picked all four clones of the estate Syrah on October 9, 2014 and harvested a total of just over 3.5 tons.  Each clone came in to the winery very ripe, ranging from 26.2 -26.5 degrees Brix and with ripe pHs between 3.31 and 3.53.  The four clones were fermented separately in 1.0 to 1.5 ton open-top fermenters, each one consisting of 23% whole-clusters.

The 2014 Estate Syrah is an eleven-barrel blend of the four clones consisting of: 27% clone 174; 27% clone 383; 27% clone 470 and 18% clone 877.  The wine has expansive aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, green and black peppercorns, olive tapenade, bacon fat, violets and garrigue.  Medium bodied on the palate, the blackberry fruit is pronounced and combines with morello cherries, Asian spices and smoky charcoal tones.  Cola berries and black currants linger through a long finish with fine and integrated tannins.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Alcohol %
14.5