"The 2021 vintage was particularly intense, with all our grapes picked and processed by the end of September, almost an entire month earlier than last year. Despite high, prolonged heat beginning early in the summer (the temp was hanging out at and above 100 degrees for almost a month), we had a great harvest overall. Though wildfires and smoke were still important factors over the course of the growing season, smoke levels were minimal in most parts of the state compared to 2020. Because of the intense heat in late June, the Syrah hit sparkling ripeness at the end of August. The 2021 vintage was another low yield yet high quality growing year, leaving both growers and winemakers very excited about this year’s harvest.
As in the prior vintage, the grapes underwent a 10 day carbonic fermentation which brings forward some bright fruit characteristics and allows for good color extraction without adding too much tannin. The fruit was then pressed and transferred to a stainless steel fermenter to while it finished primary fermentation. Then the wine was racked into a pressure tank where it finished fermentation, building pressure naturally, before being bottled in-house with a counter pressure bottler on October 4, 2021. This wine was handdisgorged on February 1st, 2022.
Hints of pechuga and unripe cherry on the nose, with cinnamon, baking spices, clove, and sorrel on the palate. The combination of herbal and mineral notes compliment the layers of hibiscus tea and pomegranate nicely."
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