2019 Syrah Grenache Mataro

2019 Syrah Grenache Mataro

Wine Information

86% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 7% Mataro

Vintage

2019

Vineyard

Lytton Springs

Appellation

Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol By Volume

13.7%

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Opulent blackberry and black cherry on the nose, with subtle hints of leather and bergamot tea. Deep garnet in color with a medium to full body. Dark bramble fruit and hints of dried herb on the palate, finishing with well-coated tannins. MB (12/21)

Vintage Notes

A series of winter storms gave the vines much-needed moisture to start the growing season. Subsequent rain in May during bloom limited yields in the grenache and mataro. Syrah therefore plays a larger role than usual. After destemming, the grapes were fermented over eleven days with twice-daily pumpovers. The resulting wine, structured and deep in color, should be most enjoyable over the next seven or eight years. JO (3/21)

History

This wine comes from two hillside parcels at Lytton West. One is planted entirely to syrah while the other is planted to half grenache and half mataro. Mataro, a late ripening variety synonymous with mourvedre, does not always mature before the onset of fall rains.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 61 inches (above normal)
Bloom: May
Weather: Total rainfall for the season was over 61 inches, almost double our usual amounts. The vines responded with bountiful yields of great quality.

Winemaking

Harvest Dates: 17 September – 7 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.5˚
TA: 5.72 g/L
pH: 3.91
Fermentation: Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by a full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (15% new, 20% one year-old, 15% two years-old, and 50% three to six years-old).
Aging: Fifteen months in barrel

Hand-harvested, sustainably grown, estate grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by a full malolactic on the naturally occurring malolactic bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush and 108 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 89.3

No. of Tasting Notes: 10

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