2014 Desire Lines Experimental Series #1: ‘The Gift’ Syrah
The first wine we ever made, thanks to the incredibly generous gift of one ton of Syrah from Morgan and Chris to allow us to experiment and try to learn something. 100% whole cluster for fermentation, with only pigeage (foot-treading) for cap management. No sulfur until bottling. A long élevage to soften and polish, with 20 months in a neutral demi-muid followed by 2 months in stainless barrels prior to bottling. Just 20 ppm sulfur at bottling, making this our lowest sulfur wine to date.
The wine today is exactly what we’d hoped it might become when we bottled the wine way back in June 2016: rich and concentrated, all black cherries, olive brine and dried flowers on the nose, with a soft and mouth-coating texture on the palate. Time has softened the edges of the wine and polished the mouthfeel, and yet the wine still speaks of the rugged intensity of its terroir.
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