2017 Carlson Creek Vineyard Syrah
Carlson Creek Vineyards
TA: 5.6 g/L
Aged 6 months in 50% 1-year-old French oak (Vallaurine Cooperage) and 5 more months in 100% neutral oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
The better we get to know Carlson Creek Vineyard, the more impressed with it we become. Although the vines are still fairly young (mostly planted between 2009 & 2012), the reds seem to have more intense, inviting aromatics and fuller, richer palates than their counterparts from other vineyards. The nose leaps out of this Syrah with a beautiful balance of fruit, earth and spice. The palate – more plush and opulent than most similarly treated AZ Syrahs – reflects this fantastic balance and adds an interesting walnut skin-like finish so common of this varietal in our high-desert vineyards. We had to adjust plans a little after harvest to make sure we could bottle some of this beautiful wine on its own. Only 50 cases produced.
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~10% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (D254 & VRB). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 9 days skin contact. Settled 3 days before barreling.