ARGOT 2015 Syrah Estate Vineyard Sonoma Mountain

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VINEYARD Designed, installed, farmed and tended, Argot’s Estate Vineyard has been a labor of love since day one, that we are proud to own 100% control of. Planted at a significantly dense 2,420 vines per acre (3 ft between vines, 6 ft vine rows). Perched at 1000’ elevation on the NW-face of Sonoma Mountain at the far western edge of the AVA. The Syrah blocks reside on a gently rolling, southerly-exposed hill composed primarily of ancient creek bed littered with cobbles. Planted, 2009.
PRODUCTION   105 cases
VARIETAL   100% Syrah; Alban 1 Selection
CRUSH   Harvest at first light on October 11th. Destemmed, hand-sorted.
FERMENT   5-day cold soak. 10-day fermentation in open-top bins. Daily punchdowns, full delestage two-thirds through fermentation.
AGING   33 months in French oak hogsheads and puncheons. Never racked prior to bottling. Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
NOTES   When it comes to Syrah, we never stop trumpeting patience. In continuing to explore this variety’s magnificence, those examples we find most intriguing employ extended barrel raising, leading to deeper concentration of flavors, silkier textures and a haunting complexity that continues to echo deep into the finish. Because of this, each subsequent year we push deeper into these wines’ ability to evolve in barrel.
PRESS   “The 2015 Syrah Estate Vineyard reminds me of a Syrah Manfred Krankl might make from a mountain terroir. This deep purple colored beauty boasts sensational notes of bloody blueberries, cured bacon, spring flowers, ground pepper, and lavender, and it’s incredibly complex, layered, and both intellectually and hedonistically satisfying. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, silky tannins, flat out awesome purity, and a singular character, I’d put this up with the finest Syrahs in the world. If you haven’t heard of Justin Harmon, you should write that name down. Bravo, sir.” 98+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck