2014 Seven Pillars Syrah, Jess' Block


2014 Seven Pillars Syrah, Jess' Block


40 Cases Available

Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast

Growing season notes:
2014 was another warm, dry vintage. Situated on a hillside, Jess' Block naturally ripens more quickly.  In our first year of owning the vineyard, however, we wanted to see what we could get with riper fruit, so we pushed the envelope and aimed for the perfect balance of ripeness and treatment.  We let the grapes hang until October 25th and picked at 25 brix, which is great ripeness for the cool Sonoma Coast. Contrary to expectations the vines were able to develop to an unexpected level of ripeness given a little sporadic rain, which would typically lower the brix.

Winemaking notes:
With our first pick of this vineyard, we also wanted to understand how the fruit would respond to different methods of fermentation.  25% of the fruit from Jess' Block was de-stemmed and placed in neutral fermentation vessels, while 25% was fermented as whole clusters, also in neutral vessels. The other 50% we also split into de-stemmed and whole cluster lots, which were placed into puncheon-sized barrels. We rolled these during primary fermentation for a gentle extraction of fruit and color.  All of the ferments utilized native yeasts for both primary and malolactic.  We then barreled down to 45% new Hungarian and 55% once-used French oak barrels and aged the wine for 12 months. 

Tasting notes:
Simply a beautiful and elegant wine. Warm hints of violet and mocha on the nose give way to opulent flavors of cocoa and blood plum with a whisper of finely ground coffee on the finish. Jess' Block is extremely age-worthy and Kara's personal favorite.

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