2017 Desire Lines Griffin’s Lair Syrah
Like previous vintages, the 2017 fermented un-inoculated with 50% whole cluster and a submerged cap through the first half of fermentation, pressed off just short of dryness, and put down to neutral large format barrels for 15 months before bottling. The resulting wine is lovely; our most ethereal Griffin’s Lair to date, suffused with cherry, black tea, and bacon fat, all of which are cast in high relief by the cap submersion. The wine is a touch softer on the palate than previous vintages, with a silky texture and rich yet delicate mouthfeel. It’s in a great place right now, seeming like the friendliest young Griffin’s Lair we’ve made yet.
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