2016 Desire Lines Griffin’s Lair Syrah
I'm terrifically pleased with our 2016 Griffin's Lair Syrah. It's a lovely wine, more vibrant and lithe than the 2015, owing mostly to the weather immediately preceding the pick. In both 2015 and 2016 we faced a hot and dry weather spell just on the cusp of harvest at Griffin's Lair.
In 2015 we choose to pick just after the heat, because the growing season had been quick, generally warm and dry, and we felt that the extra time might give us a little extra concentration and tannin resolution. In 2016 the ripening window had been longer thanks to more mild temperatures in late August and early September, and so we decided to pick just before the heat to showcase the purity of the vintage.
Like the 2015, the 2016 Griffin's Lair Syrah was fermented with 50% whole cluster, with a submerged cap for the first half of fermentation and raised in neutral large format barrels for 15 months before bottling without fining or filtration. The 2016 is a bit more red-fruited than the 2015, especially after a decant; both strut the bacon, olive tapenade, and black tea that practically shout "Griffin’s Lair!"
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