2011 Nickel & Nickel
Darien Vineyard
Syrah

Russian River Valley, Sonoma


At a Glance

The 2011 Darien Vineyard Syrah opens with lovely violet and floral notes along with the juicy meatiness inherent to the varietal. Flavors of berry and plum blend beautifully with earth and spice, creating a well-rounded medley of flavors on the palate. The wine’s texture is rich and balanced allowing for a satisfying progression from front to finish.


Huichica soil series from Darien Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

Russian River Valley, Sonoma

YEAR PLANTED

2000 and 2001

VARIETAL

Syrah

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Syrah clones 7 and 877 on the 101-14 rootstock

Acreage

3.75 acres

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

This vineyard is composed of loam derived from the Huichica soils series, which provide moderately well-drained alluvial soils that are developed from mixed sedimentary, volcanic ash and basic rock sources.

Vineyard
Description

Tucked into the gently rolling hills of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, Darien Vineyard enjoys a moderate climate and well-drained, loamy soils. The Syrah vines were planted in 2000 and 2001, and benefit from cool, foggy mornings that give way to warm afternoon sun from the southeast, allowing the exposed fruit to ripen evenly. The clusters tend to be fairly long in size and tightly packed. There are two different clones planted in the vineyard, each contributing its own unique flavors to the wine. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from three-and-three-quarter acres of the 25-acre vineyard.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Russian River Valley, Sonoma

HARVEST DATE

October 12, 2011

VARIETAL

100% Syrah

SKIN CONTACT

12 days

AGING

17 months in French oak

  • 50% new
  • 50% once-used

RELEASE DATE

March 2014

FIRST VINTAGE

2002

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

In 2011, winter and early spring cloud cover delayed the year’s growing season, but above average rainfall filled the reservoirs. Bloom occurred in June, which is the latest on record. We farmed the vineyard as we normally do, opening up the canopy to offer speckled light without exposing the fruit to sunburn. A cool summer without any heat spikes offered a slow ripening period, and the fruit looked beautiful on the vines. Without the extra heat, sugar levels remained low and we night-harvested the entire vineyard in mid-October when temperatures were quite cool.

The 2011 Darien Vineyard Syrah opens with lovely violet and floral notes along with the juicy meatiness inherent to the varietal. Flavors of berry and plum blend beautifully with earth and spice, creating a well-rounded medley of flavors on the palate. The wine’s texture is rich and balanced allowing for a satisfying progression from front to finish.