PROFOUND is the best way to describe this deeply colored wine that comes from the coolest of sites on the estate vineyard of the Valdez family. Vibrant and fresh, smelling this wine reminds me of walking through a patch of wild herbs and brush in the South of France. Then the black / red raspberry notes intermingle with blackberry/cassis, a touch of Worchestershire and soy sauce notes and reminds me of the Northern Rhône.
The use of 60% whole cluster this year brought out an exoticness to the palate. Full-bodied and rich, this wine is a multi-layered experience. Sweet black fruits, grilled meats, roasted herbs and a glycerol feel to this palate makes the wine so easy to enjoy now, but trust me, it has the structure for the ages.
My brother from another mother, Ulises Valdez planted this vineyard with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but also with two very special selections of Syrah (shhh, BIG secret!). It is, without a doubt, the coolest site of any of the Syrahs that I make, and that is what intrigued me to do it. And, Ulises was a great viticulturist. This vineyard has a feel to it that just draws you in.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Vineyard: Silver Eagle, organic, planted in 2006
Vinification: 100% Syrah, 104 cases produced.
The fruit is hand-picked then cold-soaked. I gently foot-stomp the fruit of which 60% is whole cluster, the rest is whole berry and de-stemmed. None is crushed. The wine goes through open-top, then 100% Malolactic fermentation and aged 18 months in 40% new French oak and 60% neutral French oak barrels. In the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2040.
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