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2020



2020 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling Cole Ranch - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2020 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling

As always, the 2020 Cole Ranch Riesling is a wine that’s especially close to my heart – our fifth year working with the old-vine Riesling from Cole Ranch, which seems hard to believe even in retrospect. When I tied my business card to the gate with the brown paper handle from our lunch sack in October of 2016, I didn’t think we’d get the fruit in the first place, and I never would have dared to dream that we’d grow to know and love the vineyard over half a decade (and counting). Our 2020 Cole Ranch Riesling is cut in the mold of our 2018 – 3.4 g/L residual sugar with a 3.03 pH and 7.3 titratable acidity. We see this as a wine that's going to age beautifully, though it is delicious now with a short decant bringing out the lime zest and orange peel notes - tasting great on the third night open (that is, if the bottle lasting that long!).

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2020 Desire Lines Experimental Series #7 - Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2020 Desire Lines Experimental Series #7 - Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc



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2020 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Viognier Sierra Foothills - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2020 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Viognier



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2020 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine Contra Costa County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2020 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine



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2019



2019 Desire Lines Winds of Change Red Wine California - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2019 Desire Lines Winds of Change Red Wine

Desire Lines – our whole journey – captured in one bottle, our ode to California’s cool and windy places, where some of our favorite varieties take on new life—Syrah becomes lithe and perfumed, Carignan becomes vibrant and rich, and Mourvèdre smells like a strawberry pie cooling on the windowsill on a sultry summer night. The 2019 is an approachable blend built around Syrah (73%), with the addition of Mourvèdre (10%), Carignan (8%), Grenache (6%), and Petite Sirah (3%). Strawberry and red cherry fruit compote on the nose complemented by savory notes and a subtle spice, with fine-grained tannins on the palate and a terrific juiciness and succulence.

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2019 Desire Lines Experimental Series #3: Wiley Vineyard Riesling Anderson Valley - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2019 Desire Lines Experimental Series #3: Wiley Vineyard Riesling

Wiley Vineyard was one of the first few vineyards to be planted in Anderson Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, with a block of Riesling planted in 1976 on a ridgeline above the valley floor, encircled by redwoods and Douglas fir trees. Since then, Wiley has gained prestigious neighbors – Bearwallow and Kiser vineyards are just across the highway, and Wendling Vineyard is on the other side of the ridge. Wiley Vineyard is colder than Cole Ranch with a prominent marine influence from the nearby Pacific Ocean, giving a wine that’s relatively more taught and laser-focused. Because the two wines are made so similarly (whole cluster pressing with cold settling in tank, followed by fermentation in neutral barrels, where the wines are left on fine lees until bottling in the summer) the difference between the wines is simply vineyard expression. Whereas Cole Ranch is extravagantly perfumed and exotic in the glass with a bracing tension and viscousness on the palate, Wiley is pure and lean on the palate (3 g/L RS) and characterized by lemon citrus, resinous herbs, and a slight brackishness on the nose. In other words, it tastes just as it should – like Riesling from a cold, maritime vineyard at the edge of ripening in the Deep End of Anderson Valley.

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2019 Desire Lines Lichau Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Petaluma Gap - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2019 Desire Lines Lichau Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the second wine we’ve released from Lichau Hill Vineyard and I’m even more excited about the potential of the vineyard than I was last year. Lichau Hill is an absolutely exceptional site, the perfect marriage of a cooler coastal climate and the crazy rocky soils of a great mountain Cabernet vineyard. Freshness, perfume and vibrancy meets power and concentration. Our 2019 Lichau Hill Cabernet Sauvignon was fully destemmed, fermented and left on skins for thirty days in tank, and aged for 15 months in 225L barriques with 33% new oak included. The wine has a silky mouthfeel with vibrant acidity and a distinctly red-fruited profile, with pretty notes of red currant, red apple skin, rose petals and graphite. For the first time in 2019 we experimented with racking during élevage and I’m very pleased with the results. Four of the six barrels in the blend were racked once, after malolactic, and I like that the little bit of added oxygen helped to polish the tannin and brought out some of the floral and subtly savory aspects of Cabernet’s personality, while reducing some of the sweetening and softening effects of extended time on lees. It’s a direction we’ll continue in the future with Cabernet.

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2019 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling Cole Ranch - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2019 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling

Our 2019 Cole Ranch Riesling is especially lush and exotic, with eight grams per liter RS balanced by seven grams per liter titratable acidity and a 3.1 pH. The wine most closely resembles our 2016 Cole Ranch Riesling, which has aged beautifully, and reminds me of the first bite of the last peach of summer at farmer’s market – juicy and decadent, richness balanced by a snap of acidity and a hint of bitterness from the peach skin.

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2019 Desire Lines Experimental Series #4: Fred Rides Again Contra Costa County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2019 Desire Lines Experimental Series #4: Fred Rides Again

The return of a tightly-allocated fan favorite from last year – a Mourvèdre based on Fred’s Home Block (among the oldest Mourvèdre vines that I know of in the state and previously the backbone of Randall Graham’s Cigare Volant) with the award for Best Supporting Actor going to none other than Evangelho Vineyard, in this case. The 2018 Fred’s Home Block Mourvèdre was our highest-scoring red with Antonio Galloni, which I’m particularly proud of because it validates the mission behind the Experimental Series – to put wines into bottle that are simply too good not to bottle, regardless of whether or not they fit the bill for our vineyard designate series. Each Experimental Series wine is consecutively numbered and necessarily very small in production, with bottles individually numbered. Someday maybe some of the Experimental Series wines will join the regular cast on a recurring basis, but in the meantime each wine is one that we bottle for our own pleasure and to drink fondly for many years in the future. 

Like the 2018 Fred’s Home Block Mourvèdre, the 2019 Fred Rides Again Mourvèdre was fermented with 30% whole cluster for 30 days in tank (we typically drain and press our Evangelho Carignan around 18-21 days) and raised in a single neutral 600L barrel. The wine smells like our local Watmaugh strawberries baked in a cobbler, with orange citrus and a hint of Mourvèdre’s distinctive gaminess. The inclusion of Evangelho in the blend adds a bit of tension and minerality to the flesh of Fred’s Home Block on the palate, with additional spice and red fruit in the glass.


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2019 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine Contra Costa County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2019 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine

Like our Cole Ranch Riesling the past two years, our 2018 and 2019 Evangelho Vineyard red wines perfectly exemplify the vintages – whereas the 2018 is zesty and bracing, primed for an exceptionally long life, the 2019 is charming and supple already in bottle. 2019s will drink well young and are the perfect counterpoint to the 2018s that will reward time in bottle. As in previous vintages, the wine was fermented with 30% whole cluster under a submerged cap and aged for ten months in neutral 400L barrels. I love the 400L barrel size for Carignan – it retains freshness and builds tension like all large format barrels, but with a less reductive tendency than the 500L and 600L barrels that I prefer for Syrah and Mourvèdre. The Carignan from Evangelho gives a juicy wine that smells of flowers and red fruits, with a soft tannin profile and vibrant acidity. The inclusion of cluster adds spice to the nose, while the small portion of carbonic maceration and Mourvèdre add flesh to the palate. The winemaking style is inspired by our love for the great cru Beaujolais of France (and in our book, that’s Clos de la Roilette’s Cuvée Tardive and the old-vine single parcels of Château Thivin): wines that are a joy to drink while young and age gracefully as well. Look for an extra degree of richness and viscosity on the palate of the 2019 Evangelho Red Wine – it’s positively gulp-able.

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2019 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Syrah Amador County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2019 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Syrah



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2018



2018 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine Contra Costa County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2018 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine

Our 2018 Evangelho Red Wine is a blend of roughly 90% Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre. Like the 2017, the wine was fermented with 30% whole cluster under a submerged cap and aged for ten months in neutral 400L barrels. We love the 400L barrel size for Carignan – it retains freshness and builds tension like all large format barrels, but with a less reductive tendency than the 500L and 600L barrels that I prefer for Syrah and Mourvèdre. The Carignan from Evangelho gives a juicy wine that smells of flowers and red fruits, with a soft tannin profile and vibrant acidity. The inclusion of cluster adds spice to the nose, while the small portion of carbonic maceration and Mourvèdre add flesh to the palate. The winemaking style is inspired by our love for the great cru Beaujolais of France: wines that are a joy to drink while young and age gracefully as well.

"The 2018 Red Wine Evangelho Vineyard, a blend of 90% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre, is a very pretty, lifted wine. Bright floral notes, red Carignan fruit, blood orange and wild flowers give this silky, mid-weight Contra Costa red tons of class and personality. There is just a touch of reduction, so I would give this a few hours of air." 92 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

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2018 Desire Lines Experimental Series #2: Fred’s Home Block Mourvèdre Contra Costa County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2018 Desire Lines Experimental Series #2: Fred’s Home Block Mourvèdre

Fred’s Home Block Mourvèdre is from a small parcel of magnificent Mourvèdre planted in the 1880s in Oakley. The vineyard was for many years a core piece of the Bonny Doon Cigare Volant, and for good reason, we’ve discovered: the wine is incredible. The vines are planted on the eastern edge of the Oakley Sands three miles east of Evangelho Vineyard. The wine was fermented with 30% whole cluster for 30 days in tank (we typically drain and press our Evangelho Carignan around 18-21 days) and raised in a single neutral 600L barrel. The wine smells like our local Watmaugh strawberries baked in a cobbler, with orange citrus, a hint of Mourvèdre’s distinctive gaminess, and a plush mouthfeel. 

"The 2018 Mourvedre Experimental Series No. 2 - Fred's Home Block from the Del Barba Vineyard, is bold, racy and full of character. Sweet red cherry, plum, leather and earthy notes abound in this mid-weight, flavorful Mourvedre from Cody and Emily Rasmussen. Medium in body, yet deep and so expressive, the 2018 is a winner in this lineup." 93 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)


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2018 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling Cole Ranch - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2018 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling

The 2018 Cole Ranch Riesling was whole-cluster pressed to tank, where the juice was cold settled for 48 hours before being racked to neutral wood barrels for fermentation. For whatever reason, Cole Ranch has always been a slow fermenter, and 2018 proved to be no different – I got only two of the four barrels sulfured before Christmas, while the other two barrels didn’t finish primary fermentation until late January.  The 2018 is beautifully fragrant, with a dizzying array of aromas: white flowers, lime zest, peach, mango, and fresh ginger. And, like the German Grosses Gewächs Rieslings that we love so much, the wine is a study in tension and richness, with a few grams of residual sugar retained to balance the abundant acidity.

"The 2018 Riesling Cole Ranch is a wine of real distinction and class. Varietally expressive and beautifully layered, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. Orange confit, wild flowers, ginger, sage, honey and tropical accents all run through this nuanced, inviting Riesling. Bright saline notes play off the wine's more overt leanings so well. I have a feeling the 2017 has room to grow today. The 2018 is simply impeccable, not to mention incredibly delicious." 
-94 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous) 


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2018 Desire Lines Griffin’s Lair Syrah Petaluma Gap - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2018 Desire Lines Griffin’s Lair Syrah

Griffin’s Lair is the vineyard that we first bought fruit from in 2015, the founding vineyard for Desire Lines – the vineyard that launched a thousand FedEx packages. Like previous vintages, the wine 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 wine tastes unmistakably like Griffin’s Lair, suffused with cherry, black tea, and bacon fat, all of which are cast in high relief by the cap submersion. The vineyard continues to amaze me by the way it bears the imprint of the vintage so clearly – we do practically the exact same thing in the winery each year, and yet the wine has a personality all its own year after year. The 2018 shares some of the pliancy, sinewy heft and briny personality of the 2015 (which has aged beautifully) leavened by a brightness and snap that calls to mind the 2016.

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2018 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Syrah Amador County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2018 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Syrah

When we first started working with Shake Ridge in 2016, we made the wine exactly like our Syrah from Griffin’s Lair: 50% whole cluster under a cap submerger for the first half of fermentation, roughly 50/50 clonal split of Syrah Noir and 470, and élevage in neutral 500 liter barrels for sixteen months before bottling. But, it felt like our Shake Ridge had more to give, so we started tweaking things: more or less cluster depending on the block and vintage (anywhere from 30-100%); more Syrah Noir in the blend relative to 470; a bit of co-fermented Viognier for color, mouthfeel, and perfume (2-4%); and a little light-toast new oak to polish tannin (30% new in the blend, from a single 500 liter Taransaud barrel). Because the sites are different, the winemaking needed to be different to bring out the best in each wine. It seems obvious in retrospect, but it’s taken us a couple of years of diligent work and patient teaching by Ann to understand exactly what vineyard practices will get us to where we want to go, and how we can carefully accommodate those practices in the cellar.

“The 2018 Syrah Shake Ridge is another very pretty wine in this lineup. Sweet floral notes, chalk, white pepper and red berry fruit are perked up by veins of salinity that give the wine its distinctive feel and sense of energy. Readers will find a nuanced, aromatically intense Syrah built more on elegance than power.” – 92 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)


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2018 Desire Lines Lichau Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Petaluma Gap - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2018 Desire Lines Lichau Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

We didn’t intend to make a Cabernet when we started Desire Lines. But, like a desire line along a hiking trail, the path to Lichau Hill appeared for us in 2018, so we happily followed it up Sonoma Mountain. The vineyard is thoroughly singular, the only Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the Petaluma Gap AVA. How then can Cabernet Sauvignon fully ripen, you ask? It’s all thanks to Lichau Hill’s elevation, situated inland and far enough above the fog line to reliably ripen Cabernet, even if it may take until late October to reach just 24° brix.

Planted in 1999 in soil so rocky that a wall was built around our block from the rocks excavated during planting, Lichau Hill (Lichau pronounced “lee-how”) sits high up on a south-west facing ridge, looking down at Gap’s Crown Vineyard below and the rest of the Petaluma Gap splayed out into the distance, all the way to the Pacific Ocean.  We were drawn to Lichau Hill because it has all the markers of a great mountain Cabernet site, with a cooler coastal climate.

Our 2018 Lichau Hill Cabernet Sauvignon was fully destemmed but not crushed, fermented and left on skins for thirty days in tank, and aged for 15 months in 225L barriques with 40% new oak included. The wine has a silky mouthfeel with vibrant acidity and a distinctly red-fruited profile, with pretty notes of red currant, red apple skin, rose petals and graphite.

Rated 90 points, Antonio Galloni 
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lichau Hill Vineyard is an attractive wine marked more by an approach that seeks freshness and energy, but some of that comes at the expression of both varietal and site character. The 2018 is pretty, but not especially typical of Cabernet, and quite similar in profile to the other wines in the range." - April 2020

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2017



2017 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Syrah Amador County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2017 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Syrah

The 2017 Shake Ridge Syrah is our richest, most intense yet, fermented with 60% whole cluster and aged for 14 months in large-format 500L barrels, including a single new light-toast Taransaud barrel. We attribute the 2017's density and decadence primarily to the growing season (warmer than 2016's), but also in part from the inclusion of 2% Viognier co-fermented with the Syrah. We get fruit from two different blocks on the front of the ranch, from the first vines planted at Shake Ridge in 2003. Both blocks run from the crown of a ridge down into the colder swale, giving us a range of flavors to work with – textbook Syrah game and funk from the top, acid and fresh blue fruit flavors from the bottom. The wine is exotically perfumed with firm tannin and a sweet core of fruit that runs through the center of the wine, fitting for a wine from the foothills.

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2017 Desire Lines Griffin’s Lair Syrah Petaluma Gap - Desire Lines Wine Co.

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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2017 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling Cole Ranch - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2017 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling

Cole Ranch is but a blip on the map of Mendocino County – at just 189 acres in total, with less than 50 acres planted, it is the smallest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the country, and the only AVA with just a single vineyard. In this sense it is, like Coulée de Serrant and Château-Grillet in France, a very singular terroir. The vines were planted at Cole Ranch in 1973, making it (we think) the fifth-oldest Riesling vineyard in the state. The vineyard sits in a narrow valley in the mountains between Boonville and Ukiah. 
 
The valley benefits from the cooling maritime influence of nearby Anderson Valley, and yet has a large diurnal and seasonal range of temperatures like inland Mendocino County. It snows in Cole Ranch once or twice a winter, and three years running we’ve begun the morning of the pick in temperatures below 30°. We are fortunate to work with the fruit, and grateful that John Cole thought to plant Riesling in his valley so many years ago.

Like the 2016 Riesling from Cole Ranch, the 2017 was whole-cluster pressed and fermented in neutral wooden barrels. 2017 was a warmer vintage relative to 2016, and thus the wine is richer and more tropical in flavor than the 2016. We racked the 2017 from neutral barrel to stainless steel drums in March, à la the wonderful Meursaults of Domaine Roulot, to encourage the wine to tighten up before the bottling in July. Like the 2016, the 2017 has six grams residual sugar and a 3.0 pH, our homage to the German Grosses Gewächs Rieslings.

Rated 93 points, Antonio Galloni
"The 2017 Riesling Cole Ranch is an exotic, beguiling beauty. Rich and luscious on the palate, the 2017 is decidedly flamboyant. Tangerine oil, passionfruit, honey, pineapple and sweet vanillin notes are all kicked up a few notches in the 2017. Rich and oily, but not at all heavy, the 2017 is a total rock-star wine with slight tropical accents that add to its sheer allure." - Antonio Galloni, April 2020

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2017 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine Contra Costa County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2017 Desire Lines Evangelho Red Wine

Our 2017 Evangelho Red Wine is a blend of roughly 95% carignan and 5% mourvèdre. The wine was fermented with 30% whole cluster under a submerged cap and aged for ten months in neutral 400L barrels. The carignan from Evangelho gives a juicy wine that smells of flowers and red fruits, with a soft tannin profile (a product of the sandy soils) and vibrant acidity. The inclusion of cluster adds spice to the nose, while the small portion of carbonic maceration and mourvèdre add flesh to the palate. The winemaking style is inspired by our love for the great cru Beaujolais of France (and in our book, that’s Clos de la Roilette’s Cuvée Tardive and the old-vine single parcels of Château Thivin): wines that are a joy to drink while young and age gracefully as well.

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2016



2016 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling Cole Ranch - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2016 Desire Lines Cole Ranch Riesling

Cole Ranch is a rare jewel – a cold vineyard site with a long growing season, perfect for Riesling. The vines were planted at Cole Ranch in 1973 on St. George rootstock, head-trained and dry-farmed. The vineyard sits in a narrow valley in the mountains between Boonville and Ukiah. The soils warm up late in the spring, the valley tends to stay shaded by the sharp mountain ridges above, and temperatures plummet at night as cool air flows downhill into the vineyard. The grapes were picked perfectly ripe at a cool 21°brix and a pH below 3.0. Like the German Grosses Gewächs Rieslings that we love so much, the wine is a study in tension and richness, with a few grams of residual sugar retained to balance the abundant acidity. This is dry Riesling rendered in pointillist detail, shimmering and limpid.

Rated 94 points, Antonio Galloni
"The 2016 Riesling Cole Ranch is laced with the essence of dried flowers, mint, petrol, sage, chamomile and apricot. It is the most aromatically deep and structured of the three Rieslings I tasted, which may be a reflection of the vintage or time in bottle, possibly both. No matter, the 2016 exudes personality in its myriad layers of flavors and magnificent, regal balance. I loved it." - April 2020



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2016 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Syrah Amador County - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2016 Desire Lines Shake Ridge Syrah

Our 2016 Shake Ridge Syrah was fermented with 50% whole cluster and aged for 14 months in neutral 500L barrels. We get fruit from two different blocks on the front of the ranch, from the first vines planted at Shake Ridge in 2003. Both blocks run from the crown of a ridge down into the colder swale, giving us a range of flavors to work with – textbook Syrah game and funk from the top, acid and fresh blue fruit flavors from the bottom. The wine is exotically perfumed with firm tannin and a sweet core of fruit that runs through the center of the wine, fitting for a wine from the foothills.


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2016 Desire Lines Griffin’s Lair Syrah Petaluma Gap - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2016 Desire Lines Griffin’s Lair Syrah

The vines at Griffin’s Lair are planted on a north-facing hillside in the very throat of the Petaluma Gap. The vineyard bears the full brunt of the chilly winds that rip through the Gap – as the Central Valley warms each morning, the resulting convective uplift sucks cold marine air inland from the Sonoma Coast, in through a gap in the coast range and along the Petaluma River to San Pablo Bay. This marine influence moderates the afternoon temperatures of the Petaluma River valley, delivering cool air when temperatures would otherwise be at their highest. The vines are regularly buffeted by winds strong enough to limit leaf stomatal conductance, which delays sugar ripening by shutting down photosynthesis, often for hours at a time each day. Portions of the Petaluma Gap are effectively the coldest parts of the vast Sonoma Coast AVA.

Our 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 vibrant and lithe and a bit more red-fruited than the 2015, especially after a decant, revealing bacon, olive tapenade, and black tea that practically shout "Griffin’s Lair!"

"The 2016 Syrah Griffin's Lair Vineyard is a beautifully polished, nuanced wine that captures the personality of this Petaluma Gap site so well. Lavender, spice, leather, black pepper, licorice and dried flowers are all nicely woven together in this sleek, nuanced Syrah from Desire Lines." 93 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous) 

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2015



2015 Desire Lines Griffin’s Lair Syrah Petaluma Gap - Desire Lines Wine Co.

2015 Desire Lines Griffin’s Lair Syrah

This wine is everything we hoped for – at once dense and yet lithe, soaringly aromatic, inspired by the traditional Cote Rotie and St-Joseph that we adore. The wine 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 wine tastes unmistakably like Griffin’s Lair, suffused with cherry, black tea, and bacon fat, all of which are cast in high relief by the cap submersion. We’re decanting this at home for at least 30 minutes, and are excited to watch this evolve in bottle for many years to come.



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2014



2014 Desire Lines Experimental Series #1: ‘The Gift’ Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah, Mendocino - Desire Lines Wine Co.

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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